GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- The final day of the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships was met with three broken records and many outstanding performances in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday, as the 400m hurdles, 1500m, and relay events marked the conclusion of the championship weekend.
The weekend battle for the Masters Outdoor Championships club champion came to a finish on Sunday, with TNT International Racing Club taking the title with (595) total points. The chase for the championship was tightly contested throughout the meet, with So Cal Track Club (562) finishing in second, followed by the SC Striders Track Club (312), the Philadelphia Masters (304) and the Potomac Valley Track Club (265).
Monica Kendall (Beaverton, Oregon) had an outstanding performance in the W60-64 shot put, breaking the current American mark of 11.78m/38-7.75 (Joanne Grissom, 1998) with 12.58m/41-03.25. Kendall initially broke the record on her third throw, but continued to improve in three consecutive throws.
In the W45-49 400m hurdles, Lisa Daley (White Plains, New York) broke the current American record with a time of 1:08.24, a record previously set by Karen Steen in 2010 with 1:08.91. Daley initially broke the record earlier this year with a time of 1:07.07, though her record has not yet been certified. Daley’s record-breaking performance adds to her American record total, as she currently holds the W40-44 400mH mark of 1:03.95.
91-year-old Dixon Hemphill (Fairfax Station, Virginia) had a successful final day of competition, bringing home three gold medals in the span of one hour. Hemphill won the M90 1500m with a time of 15:12.32, and followed by winning the javelin throw and 200m. Hemphill was among the most successful athletes of the weekend, winning gold in six of his seven events.
Joy Upshaw (Lafayette, California) won her third title of the weekend, taking the W55 200m crown in 27.68. Upshaw would have broken her second American record of the weekend, but it was a wind-assisted time. Upshaw also broke Phil Rascker’s 27.78 record in June, with a time of 27.54, now a pending mark awaiting certification.
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