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Bill Collins breaks four records, named AOW

3/11/2016
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- The legendary Bill Collins earns USATF Athlete of the Week honors after breaking two World and two American sprint records at USATF Masters Indoor Championships.
 
Collins, a mainstay in the Masters track & field record books, broke the M65 age-group world mark in the 60 meters and 200m, clocking 7.69 and 24.94 respectively. His 200m time also made him the first man over 65 years old to break the 25-second barrier.
 
Still in recovery from Guillain-Barré syndrome and a mainstay in Masters track & field record books, Collins now owns age group, 200m WRs in four age categories and has American Masters 200m records in six age groups.
 
Other top performances of the week from USATF Masters Indoor Championships included:
 
  • W75 Kathy Bergen, who broke a WR and AR in 60m with her 9.49 finish in addition to a WR and AR clearance of 1.25/4-1.25 in high jump.

  • W55 Joy Upshaw, who broke a 60mH WR and AR of 9.71, also had ARs in

  • M70 Ty Brown ran 8.11 to take down the World and American 60m record before running 27:03 in the 200m.

Now in its 15th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
 
2016 Winners: Jan. 13, Garrett Heath; Jan. 20, Donavan Brazier; Jan. 27, Kendra Harrison; Feb. 3, Jenn Suhr; Feb. 10, Vashti Cunningham; Feb. 17, Galen Rupp; Feb. 24, John Nunn; March 2, Curtis Beach; March 11, Bill Collins.
 
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