W75 Carol Lafayette-Boyd claims 5 world records in Saskatchewan

World champion Carol Lafayette-Boyd turned 75 in May. Over the weekend, she stamped herself as a favorite for IAAF/WMA Masters Athlete of the Year. At the 2017 Scotiabank Saskatchewan Provincial Championships in Regina Canada Games Park, Carol smashed five world age-group records over two days — in the 100, 200, high jump, long jump and triple jump. (She also ran the 50-meter dash.) In the 100, her 15.15 beat the listed WR of 15.31 by Kathy Bergen at the 2015 Mt. SAC Relays. In the 200, Carol clocked 32.83 to beat Kathy’s listed WR of 33.79 at Lyon worlds. Carol high-jumped 1.23 (4-0 1/2) to beat Kathy and Rietje Dijkman’s 1.22s. She long-jumped 3.81 and 3.85 (12-7 1/2) (into a wind) to twice beat Paula Schneiderhan’s listed WR of 3.77 (12-4 1/2). And she triple-jumped 8.19 (26-10 1/2) to beat Christa Bortignon’s listed WR of 8.11 (26-7 1/4). Whew! Whew! Whew! Yowza! Yowza! (See results here.) Her story is well-told here and in a Facebook post by her alma mater.

Carol needs to compete in WMA regional meet in Toronto in August to be eligible for WMA year-end honors.

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June 12, 2017

12 Responses

  1. Matt B. - June 12, 2017

    5 world records!!
    Greatest performance I have read about this year among all Masters.
    Great job!

  2. Weia Reinboud - June 13, 2017

    Magnificent. Congratulations Carol!

  3. Kathy Bergen - June 13, 2017

    All I can say is WOW! Congratulations.

  4. Christa Bortignon - June 13, 2017

    Congratulations, Carol. See you in Toronto.

  5. Fidel - June 13, 2017

    Yes, but she has the wrong arm forward in the photo…:).

  6. Terry Parks - June 14, 2017

    Congratulations. Kathy and Christa are amazing athletes, so to break those records all in a weekend is truly remarkable.

    I understand now why winning a championship is forever and records are only as good

  7. Terry Parks - June 14, 2017

    …as good a measure yet to be broken.

  8. Deborah Lee - June 15, 2017

    Congratulations, Carol. I’ll see you in Toronto… your dust, that is!

  9. Track Fan - June 15, 2017

    Winning a championship means you are measured against whoever is able to show up and compete, and in masters terms that is sometimes an iffy number due to the nature of our meets and our aging. There have been many championship races throws and jumps with three or fewer competitors and winning is worthy of congratulations but sometimes not a difficult thing. Breaking a record means you are measured against everyone who has ever competed in that particular event. Years and years of competitors. This is much more meaningful. Even if the record is surpassed in the future.

  10. tb - June 15, 2017

    For the eight people featured on this site who break records, sure, records are meaningful.

  11. Track Fan - June 19, 2017

    Well tb, considering I’ve had neither a championship title or a record, if given the choice I’d take the record without hesitation even though it could be broken at any time. I’d rather be known as the best of the best than as the best of the ones who managed to show up. Half the time medaling at championships for certain age groups and events is the result of luck, spending money and extra vacation days.

  12. Ken Stone - July 29, 2017

    Wonderful profile here, goes way beyond track:

    But also this nugget:

    LaFayette-Boyd decided a few years ago to trim her locks in favour of a more aerodynamic ‘do. She’s convinced it helped her performance — with one side effect.

    “People call me sir and women check the bathroom when I’m coming out,” she says with a laugh — and not a hint of regret. “I feel it cut off a half a second in my races. I swear it does.”

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