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Nation’s best to compete at USATF Masters Outdoor Championships in Grand Rapids, July 14-17, GVSU

7/10/2016
 

(Grand Rapids, MI) – The nation’s best will be competing at the USATF Masters Championships at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, Thursday through Sunday, July 14-17.  Forty current world champions and approximately 100 defending US champions are among 1018 athletes who will take part in 2560 events, including 104 participants from Michigan in 187 events, with many Grand Rapids area stars.

 

World and US records are expected in age groups from 35 to 95+ years old with athletes as old as 99. Hundreds of US athletes, including many who won or medaled at last year’s world championships in France, are taking part at Grand Valley before competing on the US team at the World Masters Championships in Australia in October.

 

Media is welcome at Grand Rapids and spectators are free. Events begin at 8AM to late afternoon each day Thursday through Sunday. The full detailed event schedule may be found at http://www.usatf.org/usatf/files/fb/fbf54296-c252-43c8-898b-fddd0aa5691b.pdf .

 

Overall meet information including entries by event may be found at http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2016/USATF-Masters-Outdoor-Championships.aspx
 

The University address is 1 Campus Drive, Allendale MI 49401. In addition to the USATF Masters Games Committee, key organizers of the event are the USATF Michigan Association and the West Michigan Sports Commission.

 

In addition to the world and national champions, medalists, and record holders, athletes include at least four Olympians, an NFL star (Henry Ellard of the Rams, Redskins, and Patriots), and Hollywood stars including a jazz great who’s played lead for Count Basie, Dizzie Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and recently played on the Emmys and The Voice.  
 

Below are notes on competitors from Peter Taylor, Meet Announcer; Mary Trotto, USATF Masters Awards Committee Chair; and Lou Andreadis, Meet Director:

 

Men and Women in Grand Rapids 2016

 

Local Favorites (Competitors Residing in Grand Rapids)—Notes from Peter Taylor, Meet Announcer

 

Ruben Henderson, Jr. Age 54. A sweet-striding middle distance runner, Henderson likes to go to the front early and then see what develops. At nationals he will take a shot at medaling in, or even winning, four races, the 800, 1500, 5000, and 10,000. At 2014 outdoor nationals he took a third in the 10,000 with a very nice time of 37:20.41 (6:00.6 per mile).

 

Jeremy Kooyer. Age 45. Jeremy will confine his efforts to the pole vault, where he has an excellent chance of medaling and may even win.

 

Gerald Holliday. Age 44. Holliday will run only in the 100 dash, where he appears to be a bit of a longshot, given the strength of the field.

 

John Dood. Age 51. Dood likes to stretch it out a bit, which means he will compete in the 5000 and 10,000 runs in Grand Rapids.

 

Lisa Dood. Age 51. Like John, Lisa will line up in the 5000 and 10,000.

 

Local Stars List from Lou Andreadis, Meet Director

 

Kelly Lycan: Lawton, MI 57 years old (HJ,TJ, JA)

-Kelly is the head women’s track coach at Western Michigan University (D1 college)

http://www.wmubroncos.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4600&ATCLID=130818

 

Howard Booth: Gregory, MI 72 years old (PV, LJ, 300h, 80h)

- Howard is an assistant track coach at Eastern Michigan University (D1 College)

 

Daryl Stallworth: Traverse City, MI 45 years old (100m)

- Former All- American and school record holder at Saginow Valley State University (D2 college in MI)

 

Pat Garrett: Wyoming, MI 35 years old (200m, 400m)

- Former school record holder at Grand Valley State University (D2 College)

 

Jeanette Baas: Kalamazoo, MI 99 years old (100m)

- She is the oldest Michigan athlete competing

 

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