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Three World Records Registered to Close USA Masters Indoor Championships

BOSTON, Mass. – Three world records and nine American records highlighted the final day of the 2014 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by the Reggie Lewis Center on the campus of Roxbury Community College. In total at the championships, 26 events saw new national record bests and 12 world marks were shattered.
So Cal Track Club won the team competition, scoring 524 points for their 11th team title in 19 years. The nine-point difference between So Cal and runner-up TNT International Racing is the closest team battle in the history of the championships.
Kathy Martin (Northport, N.Y.) continued her dominance in the distance events, breaking the previous world record in the W60 800 meters in 2:39.41. Just yesterday, Martin won the W60 mile in 5:47.25, easily surpassing Marie Michelsohn’s previous world record of 6:02.49, set in 2003.
Irene Obera (Fremont, Calif.) set her fourth record of the meet, this time in the W80 200 meters. Obera crushed the previous world mark of 41.34 with her first-place finish of 36.53. Obera set world records on Friday and Saturday as well.
The Fremont, Calif. native smashed the previous U.S. W80 400m record yesterday by nearly 30 seconds and the world record by more than 20 seconds with her finish of 1:34.25. Saturday, Obera also won the W80 60 meters in 10.37, breaking the previous world (11.31) and American (11.52) records in the process.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay from Houston Elite, comprised of George Haywood, Charles Allie, Richard Riddle and Carroll Blake, broke the world record in the M60 age group, finishing in 3:58.03. The previous record of 3:59.09 was set by Houston Elite in 2013 and both Allie and Riddle were on that relay quartet as well.
Gloria Krug (Philadelphia, Pa.) broke her second and third national records of the meet, surpassing her own ARs for the W80 weight throw and super weight throw. Krug improved her mark in the weight throw by nearly four feet, winning the event with her toss of 8.03m/26-4.25. In the super weight throw, Krug captured the super weight title with her throw of 5.88m/19-3.50.
140 athletes will represent the United States in Budapest at the 2014 World Masters Indoor Championships, beginning Tuesday, March 25. 47 reigning world champions will don the red, white and blue in Hungary and six record-holders from this year’s national championships will compete on the world stage.
Records Broken at 2014 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships
(all records are not official until certified)
W35 60 Meters: Brandi Bernert (7.76) AR
W35 Super Weight Throw: Marilyn Coleman (8.71m/28-7) AR
W35 Weight Throw: Marilyn Coleman (13.73m/45-0.50) AR
W40-44 Pentathlon: Erika Pierce (3,258 points) AR
W50-54 4x800-Meter Relay: Kathleen Shook, Julie Hayden, Claudette Gronendaal, Lorraine Jasper (10:24.90) WR/AR
W55 3,000-Meter Race Walk: Maryanne Daniel (16:14.01) AR
W60 800 Meters: Kathy Martin (2:39.41) WR/AR
W60 Mile: Kathy Martin (5:47.25) WR/AR; Barbara Broad (5:59.56) WR/AR
W60 4x200-Meter Relay (Non-Club): Kathy Bergen, Jane Barnes, Jeanne Bowman, Brenda Matthews (2:18.09) AR
W65-74 Shot Put: Cindy Wyatt (9.20m/30-2.25) AR
W70 60 Meters: Kathy Bergen (9.74) AR
W75-84 Shot Put: Gloria Krug (7.58m/24-10.50) AR; Irene Obera (6.76m/22-2.25) AR
W80 60 Meters: Irene Obera (10.37) WR/AR
W80 200 Meters: Irene Obera (36.53) WR/AR
W80 400 Meters: Irene Obera (1:34.25) WR/AR
W80 Weight Throw: Gloria Krug (8.03m/26-4.25) AR
W80 Super Weight Throw: Gloria Krug (5.88m/19-3.50) AR
M40 Super Weight Throw: Mark Landa (11.52m/37-9/50) AR
M45 4x200-Meter Relay (Club): Southwest Sprinters (John Cormier, Marcus Shute, Sr., James Lawson, Robert Thomas, Jr.) (1:34.72) AR
M60 4x400-Meter Relay (Club): Houston Elite (George Haywood, Charles Allie, Richard Riddle, Carroll Blake) (3:58.03) WR/AR
M70 4x800-Meter Relay (Non-Club): Sid Howard, Hal Lieberman, Gerald Malaczynski, Maurice McDonald (11:33.66) WR/AR
M70-74 Weight Throw: Ed Burke (20.93m/68-8) WR/AR
M80 800 Meters: Inocencio Cantu (3:06.18) WR/AR
M80 Mile: Inocencio Cantu (6:42.10) WR/AR
M80 Super Weight Throw: Wayne Sabin (9.01m/29-6.75) AR
M80 4x200-Meter Relay (Non-Club): William Jankovich, Charles Wimberley, Robert Culling, Alan Smith (2:49.39) AR
M80 Pentathlon: Robert Hewitt (4,349 points) WR/AR
Contributed by USATF, USATF Masters Media Committee and Robert Weiner Associates

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