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Masters athlete Mary Norckauer named USATF Athlete of the Week

3/11/2015
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- Masters athlete Mary Norckauer earns USATF Athlete of the Week honors after her record-setting performance at the USATF Southwest Indoor Championships on Saturday, March 7 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
 
Norckauer (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) set eight new W90-94 American Masters Records and three new age-group World Masters Records. She is 90 years old.
 
“[I’ll compete] as long as I’m able,” Norckauer told The Advocate of Baton Rouge. “Why stop? If you find something that works for you, just keep moving. In fact, I have goals to 100 [years old].”
 
Norckauer is no stranger to success. Last year, she competed in nine events in the 2014 Louisiana Senior Olympic Games and won nine gold medals. She is a former professional ice skater, ballet dancer, champion archer, markswoman and now a world record holder.
 
Other standout performances this week included:
 
  • Nick Christie (El Cajon, California), a senior at Missouri Baptist University, won the 3000m race walk with a time of 11:46.20, setting a new NAIA record at the NAIA Indoor Championship on Friday, March 6 in Geneva, Ohio.
 
  • Kamryn McIntosh (Suffern, New York) broke the National High School Record in the 600m to win a state title with her time of 1:28.78 on Saturday, March 7 at Cornell University. The previous national record of 1:29.27 was set in 2005.
 
  • Jaymes Dennison (Penns Grove, New Jersey) of ASA College won the JUCO 600m with a 1:16.22, the No. 5 time in the world this year.
 
  • Chad Zallow (Kennedy HS, Warren, Ohio) equaled the third-fastest high school boys' 60mH time with a 7.62 at his state meet.
 
  • Doug Osland (Roseville, California) won the M60 Masters Heptathlon Championship with a score of 5393 at the USATF National Masters Indoor Heptathlon and Midwest Regional Meet on Saturday, March 7 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
 
  • Christel Donley (Colorado Spring, Colorado) won the W80 women’s multi-event title with a score of 5,183 points at the USATF National Masters Indoor Heptathlon and Midwest Regional Meet on Saturday, March 7 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
 
Now in its 14th 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.
 
2015 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 21, Demi Payne; January 28, Casimir Loxsom; February 4, Anselm LeBourne; February 11, Jenny Simpson; February 18, Brycen Spratling; February 25, Maksim Korolev; March 4, Shannon Rowbury; March 11, Mary Norckauer.
 
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To nominate an athlete for Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about their performance to Communications@usatf.org.






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