A Yank elite first: Masters nationals in July, IAAF worlds in August

Chaunte, shown in 2010, is a submaster jumper now.

Chaunte, shown in 2010, is a submaster now.

As noted in Bob Weiner’s latest PR blast, three-time Olympic high jumper Chaunté Lowe is entered at Jacksonville masters nationals starting Thursday. She’s also the American open record holder (indoors and out) with a best of 2.05 meters (6-8 3/4). Submaster Chaunté also is on Team USA for IAAF Beijing worlds, having won her seventh U.S. title at 1.91 (6-3 1/4) at age 31. Is she really warming up for worlds at our nationals? I’m not sure. I wrote her former coach, Nat Page, and got no reply. But if she really does jump in Jax, her W30 event is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday. (And still no update on the “soft” sked I noted earlier.) Chaunté may have skipped the lucrative European circuit to stay at home and take care of her two daughters. (A recent profile says she lives in Loganville, Georgia.) In any case, she might be the first American elite to do this double. Wunnerful!

What a thrill for the other ladies in event. But what's up with DOB evidence?

What a thrill for the other ladies in event. But what’s up with DOB evidence?

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July 20, 2015

4 Responses

  1. Terry Parks - July 20, 2015

    I believe that none of the U.S. Women high jumpers have the qualifying standard for the Worlds. Maybe she will jump to get the standard at the Masters Nationals.

  2. Ken Stone - July 20, 2015

    Good point, Terry!

    Chaunte had 1.97 last year, but it came before Oct. 1, start of period for 1.94 qualifying mark for Beijing.

  3. Ken Stone - July 24, 2015

    Lowe is indeed in Jax. Friend writes: We welcomed her to masters track and she said she was just there to have fun. She said she didn’t know about masters track and field and said she was going to tell her friends about it.

  4. tb - July 24, 2015

    She came in at 1.30m and scissored the first few heights. Seemed to be enjoying herself and the other girls. Made 1.85, but not 1.90. It was fun to watch

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