Wayne Bennett runs Texas wind-aided ‘200’ in 20.91 at age 79

Wayne sprinting 10 years ago. Not much slower now.

Wayne sprinting 10 years ago. He’s not much slower now.

Wayne Bennett of Texas turns 80 in October, but he won a wind-aided “200 Meter Masters” race Saturday in 20.91 seconds. Yes, he did. But meet results left out a word: handicap. (His race distance was about 129 meters.) Wayne reports: “At the University of Texas Arlington Bobby Lane Relays last Saturday, we ran an age-graded 200, a real crowd-pleaser.” He told the ages of other entrants: Lindy Raney 53, Reggie Garner 55, Marcus Santi 44, Ed Jones 70, Jeff Brower 56, Ed Gish 61 and John Dolan 63. “Distances run were determined by multiplying the age-graded factor times 200. We have done this several times over the years and gives us the opportunity to show the college kids and their parents what staying in shape and training can do for you. We open a lot of eyes about aging.” Indeed, and how cool to see a 79-year-old outleg a guy, 53, even with a starting point closer to the finish.

Here are results:

2016 UTA Bobby Lane Invitational – 3/25/2016 to 3/26/2016
UT Arlington Maverick Stadium

Event 401 Men 200 Meter Masters
Name Year School Finals Wind
1 Bennett, Wayne Unattached 20.91 2.5
2 Raney, Lindy Unattached 20.96 2.5
3 Garner, Reggie Unattached 21.03 2.5
4 Santi, Marcus Unattached 21.47 2.5
5 Jones, Ed Unattached 21.85 2.5
6 Brower, Jeff Unattached 22.24 2.5
7 Gish, Ed Unattached 22.49 2.5
8 Dolan, John Unattached 22.59 2.5

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March 28, 2016

19 Responses

  1. Matt B. - March 28, 2016

    .6469 would About 129 meters , not 144. He was given age 75 factor, not 79.
    Great job

  2. Bill Daprano - March 29, 2016

    I am not surprised at this great masters athlete breaking this barrier, I’m also proud to say he’s a good friend. Don’t mess with TEXAS.

  3. Lindy Raney - March 29, 2016

    Wayne has put this event on @UTA for quite a while. Very different to run this at a college meet, but the athletes and the crowd really seemed to like it. Matt B is correct, Wayne ran 129. Another correction, I am 57.
    Thanks Wayne for putting the event on and for being the rabbit. You ran great.

  4. Rick Easley - March 29, 2016

    Not just a great friend but a really good guy. Way to go Wayne!

  5. wayne bennett - March 29, 2016

    I used the age factor for individual ages, thus I ran 129 meters. Marcus at age 44, ran 180 meters. Ed Jones, 70 ran 149.8, John Dolan, 63 157.92, Ed Gish 61, 160, Lindy Raney, 57 164.3, Reggie Garner 55 166.5. We had a lot of fun.

  6. Craig Simmons - March 29, 2016

    Wow. Congratulations Wayne. Looking good. I’m looking forward to what you will do at 80. Stay well. Should be on a Wheaties box cover.

  7. Tom Carlson - March 29, 2016

    Good to see you back at it. Looking good.

  8. Horace Grant - March 29, 2016

    Great time! Great guy! Great friend!
    Way to go Wayne!!

  9. John impson - March 29, 2016

    Keep it up, Wayne. I’m gonna catch you yet.

  10. tb - March 29, 2016

    Such a cool idea. Look how close it was at the finish!

  11. Doug Spencer - March 29, 2016

    way to go Wayne !!!!

  12. Peter L. Taylor - March 29, 2016

    I didn’t know that Wayne is turning 80 soon; I thought he was a young guy. But maybe that’s because he approaches things with enthusiasm and excitement; he just can’t wait to get out there and sprint.

    Wayne, I have enjoyed every one of my interactions with you, and I hope to see you down the road. In the meantime, recall what I said at Orono in one of our nationals:

    “Wayne Bennett flying.”

  13. Ken Stone - March 29, 2016

    Hi, all

    I’m on vacation through Sunday, and my Internet access is spotty. So my apologies for not posting daily. Will resume when I can.

  14. Roger Pierce - March 30, 2016

    Congratulations Wayne…Nice to have an even playing field… Rick Easley said it all… Great friend….great Guy.. Good on ya BUDDY!!

  15. Matt B. - March 30, 2016

    Speaking of sprints, 7.10 60m indoor- ties WR M50.
    European champs. Final today

  16. Bill Collins - March 30, 2016

    Wayne, I know how much you put into this event and it’s so wonderful and exciting. Sorry I missed out of the fun this year due to schedule and health. But like the rest have already stated you are one great guy and do so much for our sport in the state of Texas as well nation wide. That’s a great time keep it up the great running, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

  17. Matt B. - March 30, 2016

    7.04 new WR M50 60M M70 new WR 8.09

  18. Matt B. - April 1, 2016

    01/04/2016 200 m. W50 ICARRE Maryvonne 1965 FRA FRANCE 25.94 WR

    Joy UPSHAW
    06/03/2011 ALBUQUERQUE

    Records just keep coming!

  19. Rick Riddle - April 4, 2016

    Wayne has been giving to the sport for may years, either by performance or running meets and events like this one. He has continued to set the bar high, even when recovering from knee surgeries. There is likely more excellence to come from this sprinting great. He has become a loyal and trusted friend to so many of us.

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