Contact: Bob Weiner, USATF National Masters Media Chair
ALBUQUERQUE -- Three-time Olympian Ed Burke
opened USATF Masters Indoor Championships in record-breaking fashion at the Albuquerque Convention Center, Friday, when he tossed 19.38m/63-7 in the M75 weight throw for age-group World and American records on his 76th birthday. The listed record of 16.86/55-3 was set by Bob Ward in 2009.
In all, six records were broken on the first day, as Burke
, who owns M70 World and American marks, also broke the American super weight throw record, throwing 10.67m/34-9.
The records continued to fall when W65 throw Meryle Mensey
tossed an AR of 11.06m/36-3.50 in the super weight.
W40 multi-eventer Rachel Guest
broke the existing pentathlon AR by more than 200 points, scoring 3,737 after five events. She was the day’s top competitor at every discipline, running 9.28 in the 60mH, jumping 1.47m/4-9.75, throwing the shot put 9.34m/30-07.75, leaping 5.17m/16-11.5 in long jump and finishing the 800m in 2:43:49. Outdoors, she also holds the W35 heptathlon record.
M40 sprinter Antwon Dussett
broke the 400m AR after splitting 22.96 at the 200m to finish in 49.32.
was the fastest W45 in the 400m, as she ran 1.00.01, just off the 59.30 she ran earlier this year to break the standing 59.37 AR.
M90 competitors Dixon Hemphill
and Orville Rogers
kicked off the men’s 400m races as the 91-year-old Hemphill took the lead heading into the second and final lap. Hemphill
finished first in 3:26.05 with 98-year-old Rogers
in second at 3:51.91.
Three time Olympian and current elite Chaunte Lowe
cleared 1.94m/6-4.25 in W30 high jump.
After the first day of competition, SoCal Track Club leads team scoring with 131 points.
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The meet continues Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m. each day.
Ed Burke, M75 Weight Throw and Super Weight Throw Champion
On breaking the World and American records
“I made the world record on my first throw. When you do that, it feels good and you can take a deep breath.”
On what keeps him going
“Putting demands on yourself and achieving them.”
On how long he will continue
“Why quit - there is no reason to quit.”
Rachel Guest, W40 Pentathlon Champion
On breaking the record
“I have the W35 American record in pentathlon. I broke it twice while I was in that age division. This past summer in Lyon, France, I ended up breaking the W40 heptathlon record by over 1,000 points at the World Masters Athletics Championships, so coming into any championships, I am always looking at where I am and what my possibilities are. I knew that as long as I hit good averages today, I could get it.”
Antwon Dussett, M40 400m Champion
On competing in Albuquerque and managing the altitude
“Over the past few months, I’ve been training with an altitude mask to kind of help get myself get acclimated for here. It felt good running. I knew if I came around the 200-meter mark around 22.5, I would set myself up good for where I wanted to be.”
On what it feels like to break the record
“It feels great! It’s something I’ve been aspiring for the last couple of years that I have been getting closer to the 40-year-olds age group. It’s something that I wanted to do, and we’ll see what happens in the 200 meters next.”
On competing at USATF Masters Indoor Championships
“It’s fun because they’re doing it for the love of sport, and a lot of times it’s always so intense at the U.S. nationals and international competitions. I like the feel of enjoying the sport.”
On her goal coming into the day
“My goal was to jump 1.97m/6-5.5, and I felt like I had it in my legs. It’s a little frustrating to be so close at not make it at those heights. But at the same time, it is what it is.”