ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – The USA Track & Field Masters Indoor Championships returns to Albuquerque Friday through Sunday, February 17-19, after last year’s unprecedented forty-four world and American records set at the Albuquerque championship, with competitors 30-99 years old. Over 600 of the country’s best older athletes include Olympians, world champions, NFL players, and entertainers including a jazz great (Nolan Shaheed, M65, Pasadena, CA, who has been the lead for Stevie Wonder and Count Basie and played in the Emmys and The Voice).
Fans can watch highlights at the end of each day on USATF.TV +PLUS on demand.
In addition, some stars are back setting world records after coming back from life threatening illnesses (example 66 year-old Bill Collins of Houston inspires after Guillain-Barre syndrome). In addition, the 87 and 82 year-old Donleys, Jerry and Christel of Colorado, both competing, are a unique world champion and Masters Hall of Fame couple.
Stars, many entering a new age group, with excellent chances of setting records include Doug Torbert, 65, Redlands CA in the shot put, who won gold at Perth Worlds last year at 64 and broke the listed M65 world record in the shot put at a meet in Colorado on February 5; Bob Lida, 80, Wichita Kansas, World Masters Athlete of the Year in 2012, who already this year set a world mark and is a threat for world marks in the 60, 200, and 400; Rachel Guest, Surprise, Arizona, 41, who set an American record in Perth last year; Joy Upshaw, 55, three world Golds in Perth, entered in the 60, 200, 60 hurdles, long jump, and triple jump; Kathy Martin, who has been overall Masters Athlete of the Year, 4 Golds in Perth, now in her new 65 age group, entered in the 800, mile, and 3000 (was the first 60+ woman under 6 minutes indoors); Kathy Bergen, 77, LaCanada, CA, three Perth Golds, entered in Albuquerque in the 60, 200, and high jump; and Nolan Shaheed, M65, from Pasadena, CA, jazz great and a masters world record holder as mentioned above, in the 800, mile, and 3000.
In addition, always fun to watch, the two oldest competitors entered, both world and Americn age record holders, are Orville Rogers, 99, from Dallas, and Dixon Hemphill, 92, Fairfax Station, VA, both in the 60, 200, 400, 800, and mile.
Click here for summaries and charts by David Lopez, New Mexico Masters Chair; Peter Taylor, Meet Announcer; and Mary Trotto, 2016 USATF Masters Awards Chair. Twenty-eight entrants are from the city of Albuquerque, according to Taylor.
MEET SCHEDULE: Finals Friday 8AM – 5PM, Saturday 9AM – 5:30 PM, and Sunday 9AM-1:30 PM; Click here for detailed schedule.
PHOTOS: Click here for photos of athletes coming to Albuquerque USA Masters Championships; Photo Credit: Rob Jerome
Contact: Bob Weiner
USATF National Masters Media Chair
USATF Marketing and Communications Manager