WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina
– The USA Track & Field Masters Indoor Championships opened Friday on the first day of Spring with a bolt of lightning at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Eighty-one-year old Irene Obera
broke existing World and American records, and three other competitors broke U.S. marks. All American and world records reported are pending until ratified.
(Fremont, California) set a W80 World Masters Record as the first ever woman over 80 completing an indoor pentathlon with a combined total of 3,817 points. Despite a misstep over the opening obstacle in the 60-meter hurdles, she recovered with American records in the next two events (marks in multi-events count for individual records as well), clearing 1.02m/3-4 in high jump and leaping 2.72m/8-11.25. Obera’s 6.97m/22-10.5 shot put was the farthest of any female multi-competitor of the day, and she finished the pentathlon’s final event, the 800m, with a time of 5:10.03. Obera, no stranger to record-breaking performances, set a career seventh AR and eighth WR.
Also with a strong combined events performance was Anne Sluder
(Pineville, North Carolina), posting 3,531 points in W40-44 pentathlon. Sluder went up and over 1.59m/5-2.5 in high jump and landed 4.79m/15-8.75 in long jump, and she followed an 8.29m/27-2.5 shot put with a 2:46.33 800m.
In distance events, Sonja Friend-Uhl
(Brentwood, Tennessee) clocked 9:50.60 in the 3,000m for a new W40-44 AR. Coming around the final curve with only 10 seconds to match the current record, Friend-Uhl’s powerful kick brought fans to their feet and the 43-year-old a top American indoor time.
(Lake Charles, Louisiana) highlighted field events when he took down the American M85 weight throw record of 10.14m/33-3 with his toss of 10.41m/34-2.
Another highlight of the day was Ben James
(Rochester, New York) in the M55 400m, winning the overall title in 57.48, just a year after beating cancer.
Click here for complete results: http://finishtiming.trackscoreboard.com/#/results/meet/2015023
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