ALBUQUERQUE – Kathy Martin (Northport, Long Island) defied the mile-high altitude at the 2017 USATF Masters Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, which distance runners find challenging, to set a world record in the W65 1 mile run, following her American record yesterday in the 3000m.
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Martin completed the indoor mile in 6:01.46, breaking the previous record by four seconds. The Northport Running Club athlete kicked off the race with a fast-paced first lap in 44.32 and maintained under .47 for laps two through seven. For the final 200m, she released an extra burst of speed and ran her fastest split of 41.92.
In the 60m hurdles, two world records were set; 1984 Jamaican Olympian Karl Smith (Alexandria, Virginia) bested the M55 60m hurdles in 8.56, and Derek Pye (Long Beach, California), who also won in the long jump, conquered the M45 with a time of 8.15.
In the W80 mile race, Jeanne Daprano (Fayetteville, Georgia) of Atlanta Track Club broke the American record in 8:52.77. Daprano, the defending world outdoors champion in the 1500m, ran her fastest lap at the beginning of the race with a time of 54.67.
Albuquerque hometown favorite Lisa Valle (Albuquerque, New Mexico) won the W50 1 mile in 5:40.61.
In the field events, Antonio Palacios (Bloomington, Indiana) owned the M50 long jump and set a new American record of 6.5m/21-04. W60 competitor Monica Kendall (Portland, Oregon) broke her age group’s American record in the shot put with a throw of 12.06/39-07.
Two records in the 4x200m relay closed out the day’s events. Athena Track Club set a new American record in the W55 in 2:03.02. In the M35, Southwest Sprinters Track Club tied the world record in 1:29.74.
Tomorrow’s action begins at 9:00 a.m. local time. Click here for a full schedule.
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