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Olympic flagbearer Burke wins weight, superweight as Masters Indoor Championships kick off in Landover


LANDOVER, MD. – In a career that has spanned six decades, three-time Olympian and 1984 Team USA Olympic flagbearer Ed Burke added two more victories to his resume in winning both the superweight throw and weight throw in the 70-74 year old age division as the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships kicked off Friday at the Prince St. George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md.

Burke (M73), who won the superweight throw with a mark of 11.57m/37-11.5 and the weight throw with a mark of 18.69m/61.4, is one of a record 1,044 entrants competing in Landover that include 10 Olympians and 30 world champions. Competition continues Saturday and will conclude Sunday. Complete results along with more information on the Masters Indoor Championships can be found here.

Burke wasn’t the only athlete placing their names among the best in history at the Masters Indoor Championships. At 95 years of age, Orville Rogers set the world record in the men’s 95-99 age group in the 400m with his time of 2:24.51. Meanwhile, Anthony Palazzo (M85) set the American record in the superweight throw (6.14m/20-1) and Charles Allie (M65) set the American record in the 400m (58.81).

The performance for Burke was the latest in a long line of milestones in the sport of track and field. After competing in the hammer throw at both the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games, Burke became the first U.S. Olympian to compete in Olympic Games 20 years apart when he qualified for the 1984 Olympic Games at the age of 44 and was selected to carry the American flag during the opening ceremony.

“It is a great honor,” Burke said. “But personal bests is what it is about. I’m better when I am striving to beat myself. Even (Friday) when they call your name you are still going to get butterflies. And I still learn something every time.”

Burke contributes his longevity in the sport to simply staying healthy.

“I never conceived myself as a world record holder,” Burke said, who took 12 years off from the sport between the 1968 and 1984 Olympic Games. “For some reason holding the American record always meant more to me. And I was able to do that for 14 years.”

A complete list of Friday’s winners can be found below.

Men’s winners

Keith Chambers (M34), 54.76; Antwon Dussett (M37), 49.73; Edward Winslow (M43), 51.86; Lee Bridges (M46), 53.55; Chris Faulknor (M50), 55.10; Bennie James (M56), 57.87; Bill Collins (M62), 58.13; Charles Allie (M65 AR), 58.81; Albert Williams (M72), 1:08.11; Robert Lida (M76), 1:08.89; Robert Culling (M81), 1:35.02; Jack Greenwald (M85), 2:09.45; Roy Englert (M90), 2:20.97; Orville Rogers (M95), 2:24.51

3,000m race walk
Andrew Albright (M42), 22:52.03; David Swarts (M47), 13:31.39; Lubi Hernandez Palomino (M52), 17:10.03; David Couts (M57), 15:44.38; Andrew Smith (M63), 16:58.32; Norman Frable (M67), 17:46.68; Joel Dubow (M70), 19:59.64; Charles Boyle (M89), 26:32.91

Brad Byrnes (M33), 10:11.95; Rick Cahoon Jr. (M35), 9:21.17; Kevin Castille (M41), 8:28.55; Brad Barton (M46), 9:03.01; Kevin Miller (M51), 9:11.44; Stephen Chantry (M58), 10:18.99; Nolan Shaheed (M63), 10:39.75; Gary Patton (M67), 10:55.02; Louis Coppens (M70), 13:36.90; Bill Spencer (M77), 13:44.13; John McMahon (M82), 16:23.18; Hugh Campbell (M88), 15:48.61; Roy Englert (M90), 20:02.36; Orville Rogers (M95), 30:19.33

Weight Throw
Ronald Summers (M60), 20.52m/67-4; Paul Economides (M67), 18.30m/60-0; Ed Burke (M73), 18.69m/61-4; Edgar Holmes (M79), 12.32m/40-5; Ray Feick (M80), 12.29m/40-4; Phillip Brusca (M85), 9.99m/32-9; Charles Ross (M90), 4.13m/13-6

Super Weight Throw
Ed Burke (M73), 11.57m/10-2.75; Wayne Sabin (M79), 6.81m/22-4; Ray Feick (M81), 7.01m/23-0; Antonio Palazzo (M85), 6.14m/20-1.75; Charles Ross (M90), 2.32m/7-7

Pole Vault
Don Isett (M73), 3.12m/10-2.75; Joseph Paradine (M77), 2.10m/6-10.75

Women’s winners

Lisa Edwards (W34), 1:03.41; Maurellhena Walles (W38), 1:02.04; Tara Smith (W40), 1:06.59; Charmaine Roberts (W45), 1:00.56; Sarah Lawson (W50), 1:06.89; Nilsa Paris (W55), 1:14.74; Susan Loyd (W55), 1:13.40; Jeanne Bowman (W60), 1:20.91; Susan Aberhold (W65), 1:24.27; Jane Simpson (W71), 2:16.16

3,000m race walk
DaBeth Manns (W36), 22:50.02; Rebecca Garson (W48), 18:42.47; Maryanne Daniel (W54), 16:47.39; Sandra DeNoon (W57), 18:46.41; Donna Green (W60), 18:45.76; Sylvia Ellis (W65), 18:30.08; Lois Dicker (W73), 20:31.72

Laura Jennings (W31), 11:59.14; Amy Blanco (W36), 10:42.82; Lisa Ryan (W43), 10:43.26; Lisa Valle (W46), 10:53.00; Mary Swan (W51), 11:46.36; Debbie Lee (W56), 11:50.87; Barbara Broad (W62), 11:58.89; Mary Trotto (W65), 19:18.50; Linda Swenson (W71), 23:43.16

Pole Vault
Sarah Schaft (W32), 2.70m/8-10.25; Helen Croskell (W40), 2.40m/7-10.5; Karen Rieger (W49), 2.25m/7-4.5; Linda Jarjisian (W52), 1.50m/4-11; Lydia Woods (W59), 1.20m/3-11.25; Kay Glynn (W60), 2.55m/8-4.25; Phil Raschker (W66), 1.50m/4-11

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