FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 25, 2016
Contact: Bob Weiner, USATF National Masters Media Chair
FOUR OLYMPIANS INCLUDING ’84 FLAGBEARER, TWO ENTERTAINERS,
30+ WORLD CHAMPIONS, MANY NEW MEXICO STAR ATHLETES;
MEDIA AND PUBLIC ARE WELCOME
ALBUQUERQUE -- USA Track & Field National Masters Indoor Championships will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center Friday-Sunday, March 4-6, with four Olympians, including 1984 Flagbearer/three-time Olympic thrower Ed Burke, still setting age records, more than 30 world champions, and over 40 New Mexico participants including many of the star athletes among the nearly 800 participants from across the nation.
Media and the public are welcome to attend. The events free, with finals beginning 8:00 a.m. each day to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, and 2:15 p.m. Sunday.
This is only the second time the national championship meet has been held in Albuquerque and the first time since 2011, five years ago. The address of the Convention Center is 401 2nd
Street NW, Albuquerque NM 87102
The detailed schedule may be found here
The overall meet website with entrants and events may be found here
Media are welcome and will be credentialed onsite. For interviews and onsite coverage information contact Bob Weiner, USATF Masters Media Chair, on location or at cells 202-306-1200 or 202-329-1700, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Albuquerque meet will feature at least 44 athletes from New Mexico
, headed by Lisa Valle,
49, of Albuquerque, a middle-distance star and 2009 world outdoor champion in the 800m and 1500m, competing at those distances plus 3000m; Paul Fragua
, 59, of Albuquerque, a middle-distance ace but with great ability in the 400m, running the 400m and 800m; and David Salazar
, 65, of Cedar Crest, a standout in the middle distances who became a pentathlete for a while and now is returning to the 400m and 800m. All three are members of New Mexico Track Club.
The meet will be the Mecca for masters sprinters, according to meet announcer Peter Taylor. At last count, we had 239 in the 60 meters alone.
Sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers, and other masters athletes who love an excellent surface, a steeply banked track, and high altitude are flocking to Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the first weekend in March for the USATF Masters Indoor Championships. The sprints are headed by a bevy of international stars ranging in age from 30 to 99.
Reverend Champion Goldy, from Haddonfield, New Jersey, takes the honors for seniority among the male sprinters, having been born just over 99 years and one month ago. On the women’s side, Sumi Onodera-Leonard, the Hall of Famer from Huntington Beach, California, takes seniority at age 87.
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