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Two world records broken on second day of USATF Masters Outdoor Championships


SPOKANE, Washington -- The action ratcheted up as temperatures slightly cooled on the second day of USATF Masters Outdoors Championships at Eastern Washington University, with two world and six American records set or equaled at Roos Field.

On demand video can be found on USATF.TV+. Click here for full results.

70-year-old Charles Allie (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania/Houston Elite) was unstoppable in the M70 400m and set a new world record in 59.18, dipping under the previous 2009 record of 59.34. Since entering a new age group this year, the 2013 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year has claimed five age group world records, including the indoor 400m.

The second world record of the day came from William Platts (Boise, Idaho/unattached), who bested the M90 javelin field of two with a superb throw of 31.46m/103-2. This throw drastically improves upon the previous WR of 28.56m.

Earlier in the morning, race walker David Swartz (Jackson, Mississippi/Pegasus A.C.) led an impressive performance in the M50 5,000m, earning the national title in 23:50.74. So Cal Track Club swept the W70 5,000m race walk podium with Yoko Eichel (Woodland Hills, California), Kathleen Frable (Ivins, Utah) and Darlene Backlund (Palm Springs, California).

Field events kicked off with men’s high jump. In the men’s 70-74 age division, James Sauers (Dacula, Georgia/Atlanta Track Club) cleared 1.58m/5-2.25 to tie the American record.

Orville Rogers (Dallas, Texas/Potomac Valley Track Club), who scratched from the 800m yesterday, felt strong enough to step on the line for today’s M100 400m final. The centenarian pushed through with the aid of cheering supporters, finishing in a new American record time of 5:07.26. Rogers plans to also compete in the M100m on Saturday.  

Building off of yesterday’s success, Sue McDonald (Santa Barbara, California/T.H.E. Track Team) won the W55 400m final to clinch the national title in 1:04.37 and break a 23-year-old American record of 1:05.29.

USATF Masters stalwart Joy Upshaw (Lafayette, California/Joy’s Jackrabbits Track Club) owned a new American record in the W55 80m hurdles in W55 12.87, an improvement upon the previous of 12.99. M90 competitor George Roudebush (Chardon, Ohio/Over The Hill TC) finished in 1:32.66.

As the afternoon progressed, more American records fell at Roos Field.

In the men’s 2,000m steeplechase, Robert Culling (Hacienda Heights, California/So Cal Track Club) set an American record in the M85 age group in 12:55.75, which broke the previous record of 13:28.68. Andi Camp (Portland, Oregon/unattached) ran the fastest of all W40 competitors in 8:43.82.

The day concluded with sets of shuttle hurdle relays. So Cal Track Club-A (McLawhorn, Anton, Niromand, Davison) clinched the M60-69 American club record in the 100m event in 1:12.89.

So Cal Track Club leads the USATF team standings with 363 points, followed by Sierra Gold and Club Northwest with 122 points each. Click here for full standings after Day 2.

Saturday competition begins with the W30-64 10,000m run and M55 long jump. Click here for full schedule. Live video will be available on USATF.TV+ starting at 8:00 a.m. local time.

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