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Centenarians reach new heights on Day 2 of USATF Masters Indoor Championships


LANDOVER, Maryland -- Centenarians proved reaching your athletic goals is possible at any age Saturday at the 2018 USATF Masters Indoor Championships, with four world records set by athletes 100 years or older, for a total of eight world records combined today.

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All the way from Baton Rouge, Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins descended on USATF Masters Indoor Championships to attempt a historic feat. The 102-year-old who famously said “I missed my nap for this,” at last year’s Outdoor Championships, made her Indoors debut with lively fervor. Hawkins set a pending world record in the W100 60m in 24.79, overtaking contemporary Ida Keeling’s February attempt in 58.34. Hawkins didn’t stop at track events and took her talents to the indoor shot put, where she set another world record at 2.77m/9-1.25.

Orville Rogers (Dallas, Texas), who set an age group world record in the 400m yesterday, returned to the track Saturday eager to take on more. The long awaited rematch between Rogers and 93-year-old Dixon Hemphill (Fairfax, Virginia) resulted in a .12 time difference, this time with Hemphill taking the win. The 100-year-old carved another spot in history with his 60m time of 19.13. Edward Cox (Binghampton, New York) finished first to take home the M90 national title in 11.73.


Orville continued to push his limits in the 1500m and set a world record in his M100 age group, clocking in at 20:00.91. His fellow 400m teammate Roy Englert (Springfield, Virginia) broke the previous M95 world record in 12:07.63. Hemphill went on to anchor the M80+ Potomac Valley Track Club 4x800m relay.

Thirteen-time world masters athletics champion Bruce McBarnette (Sterling, Virginia) kicked off the morning with a stunning world record in the M60 high jump, 1.76m/5-9.25.

Derek Pye (Lakewood, California) of Southwest Sprinters Track Club moved up an age group and set a new world record in the M50 60m hurdles in 8.24. He previously set a M45 record in 2016.    

The M60 4x800m quartet of David Schmanski (Goodlettsville, Tennessee), Richard Samaha (Williamsburg, Virginia), Rodney McGregor (Hudson, Ohio) and Stephen Chantry (Williamsburg, Virginia) broke their age group world record by nearly five seconds in 9:50.90.

Sonja Friend-Uhl (Boca Raton, Florida), no stranger to setting new Masters standards, crushed the W45 1500m American record in 4:44 flat.

The women’s 4x800m relay saw multiple American records broken: W30 Southwest Sprinters Track Club - A (1:50.98), W40 Southwest Sprinters Track Club - A (1:53:00) and W50 Joy’s Jackrabbits Track Club (2:00.22). On the men’s side, M50 Southwest Sprinters Track Club - A dominated the field to win by 10 seconds (1:41.73).

Saturday closed with the top three team standings as: Potomac Valley Track Club (729), TNT International Racing Club (432) and Atlanta Track Club (403).

Finals continue Sunday beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET. Click here for a full schedule.

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