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Ninety-plus World relay champions set two records by completing four-man events at USATF Masters Indoor Championships in Winston-Salem; Obera, Ty and Kenton Brown set World records

3/21/2015
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 21, 2015
Contact: Christa Mann 404-579-4344 and Bob Weiner 202-306-1200 weinerpublic@comcast.net
 
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -- The 90-plus relay team returned to the national stage Saturday at USATF Masters Indoor Championships, where they continued to make history along with Irene Obera and three other performances that all broke World Masters records at JDL Fast Track. All American and world records reported are pending until ratified.
 
From the Potomac Valley Track Club, the M90 relay team comprised of Charles Boyle (Annapolis, Maryland), Orville Rogers (Dallas, Texas), Roy Englert (Springfield, Virginia) and Charles Ross (Rogers, Arkansas) finished the 4x200 meter relay in 5:40.82 for a World Record. Rogers, Ross, Englert and the addition of Dixon Hemphill (Fairfax Station, Virginia) completed the 4x800 for the M90 WR of 29:47.68
 
Irene Obera (Fremont, California) and Christel Donley (Colorado Springs, Colorado) became the first W80s to break 15 seconds, when Obera clocked 13.76 to break the WMR after edging out Donley’s 14:86 in the race.
 
In the 60-meter hurdles, Ty Brown (Washington, D.C.) added another record to his collection as the M70 athlete ran 9.44 to break the existing record of 9.76. The 70-year-old also holds the M65 record of 9.17 in the event.
 
“The last couple of weeks, I have been working on my start,” said Brown. “That’s my flaw. The start is essential to progression over those five hurdles, so I felt really good from the start and obviously the results turned out fantastic. It feels great to have a world record. I’m looking forward to the outdoor season and to getting that record as well.”
 
Kenton Brown (Austin, Texas) broke an M75 WMR in the 60m, clocking 8.18 as he ran .02 faster than previous record of 8.20 set by American Robert Whilden in 2006. 
 
“I felt like it was errorless,” he said of the race. “I was relaxed in the prelims and wanted to really stay relaxed, toe up and stay down and have a relaxed drive in the final. When I saw my prelim time, I knew I had a chance if I ran a really good race. The thing is to stay relaxed and not push for it, so I was trying to do both. It feels great, and this is several years in the making.”
 
In W75, Rose Green (Upper Marlboro, Maryland) set an American record of 10.82 to improve the existing record of 10.97 record.
 
At age 97 Orville Rogers defeated a remarkable field of competitors ages 90-98 in the  60m, crossing in 16.92 for the win.
 
The meet’s oldest competitor at age 98, Champion Goldy (Haddonfield, New Jersey) said, “Masters track is a good, healthy thing to do. It keeps me young. My goal is to run the 100m when I am 100 [years old] at Penn Relays.”
 
Two women broke shot put records after W70 thrower Cindy Wyatt (Lewis Center, Ohio) tossed 8.37m/27-5.5 to break the existing 8.25m/27-0.75 and Myrle Mensey (St. Louis, Missouri) threw 9.26m/30-4.75 in W65 to break the previous record of 9.25m/30-4.25.
 
In men’s field events, Don Isette (Dallas, Texas) M75 broke the American pole vault record, clearing 2.91m/9-6.25 to break the previous mark of 2.90m/9-6.25, and George Riser (Lyndhurst, Ohio) broke the M90 shot put record of 7.34m/24-1.
 with his toss of 8.25m/27-0.75.
 
Breaking another world record in the 4x800m relay was the W60-69 non-club team of Barbara Broad (Pepper Pike, Ohio),  Kathy Martin (Northport, New York), Coreen Steinbach (Pompey, New York) and Mary Richards (Atlanta, Georgia) who finished in 12:12.46.
 
“We came together a couple weeks ago and decided to try for the World record in 4x800,” said the captain Steinbach. “We all belong to different clubs, so we’re a non-club team, and we killed it!”
 
In addition to the world records, there were also 15 American records in relays.
 
Click here for complete results:http://finishtiming.trackscoreboard.com/#/results/meet/2015023.
 
For highlights from the 2015 USATF Masters Indoor Championships, visit USATF.TV for on-demand videos.
 


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