Winston-Salem, North Carolina -- Perfect weather, intense competition and record-breaking performances highlighted the first day of USATF Masters Outdoor Championships at Kentner Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest University, Thursday, July 17.
Florence Meiler (Shelburne, Vermont) of Mass Velocity Track Club had an outstanding day, setting a World and breaking an American record. She set the first World record in the W80 pentathlon, earning 4,319 points as she swept all five events. She also holds the record for the W75 group. In the hammer throw, she threw 22.30m/73-2 on her fourth toss to break the American record set by Gloria Krug (21.33m/69-11) in 2008.
Champion Goldy Sr. (Haddonfield, New Jersey) of Atlanta Team Elite, the oldest athlete in the championships at 97, had a spectacular day as well, winning the M95 shot put and discus titles with winning tosses of 5.58m/18-3.75. and 14.18m/46-6, respectively.
Sabra Harvey (Houston, Texas) set the American record in the W65 800 meters with a time of 2:24.12, breaking the previous record set by Jeanne Daprano (2:44.43) in 2010. The world record is held by Diane Palmason (2:41.81) of Canada.
It was a duel between Glenn Sasser (Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina) and three-time Olympian Ed Burke (Los Gatos, California) in the M70 shot put. Sasser took home the title with a 13.46m/44-2 toss on his second attempt to defeat Burke, who's best was 12.91m/42-2.25 on his fifth attempt. Burke celebrates the 30th anniversary of carrying the flag at the 1984 Olympic Games. He summed it up perfectly by saying, “Let the Games begin again!”
Quenton Torbert (Redlands, California) of So Cal Track Club broke his own American record in the M60 Shot Put on his final attempt with a toss of 16.69m/54-9.25. He set the previous record of 16.67m/54-8.25 last August.
The pentathlon saw some dominant performances as well. Sherwood Sagedahl (Fairmont, Minnesota) swept all the events and broke his own World to break his record in the M75 division, finishing with 4,060 points to overtake his 2012 mark 3,806 and also broke Robert Hewitt’s 2007 American mark.
Brain Coushay (Beaverton, Oregon) of Portland Masters Track Club won four events (long jump, javelin, 200, and discus) and finished second in the 1500m en route to the M50 title and American record. In the M55 division, Michael Janusey (Venetia, Pennsylvania), who’s record was broken by Coushay, won three events (long jump, javelin, and discus) and came in second by .28 seconds in the 200m to take home the title.
In the combined team standings, defending champion So Cal Track Club has a slight lead over Atlanta Track Club, 155-145.50. So Cal is also the reigning indoor champion.
Day two of the Championships continues tomorrow, Friday, July 18, at 7:30 am. For more information, including results, schedules and on-demand video coverage, click here