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USATF Masters Indoor Championships open with two age group world records


LANDOVER, Maryland -- The largest USATF Masters Indoor Championships field in history kicked off Friday with multi-events, 400m, 1500m race walk and more at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Center in Landover, Maryland. 1,219 entrants are taking to the indoor facility through Sunday.

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100-year-old Orville Rogers (Dallas, Texas) added another accolade to his collection with a pending world record in the men’s 100+ indoor 400m in 4:16.90. Rogers, who was cheered on by a sea of family members wearing matching blue “Orville” t-shirts, competed alongside age group winners 95-year-old Roy Englert (Springfield, Virginia) and 93-year-old Dixon Hemphill (Fairfax, Virginia). All three Potomac Valley Track Club athletes will face off again Saturday in the men’s 60m at 12:48 p.m. ET. At 12:15 p.m., Julia Hawkins, 102, will compete for the W100 record as the oldest woman in the history of USATF Championships.

Roy Englert wasn’t finished for the day and went on to set a pending world record in the M95 3000m in 26:52.17. Englert’s time crushes the previous record by nearly four minutes.

Damon Blakemore Sr. (Houston, Texas) of Houston Elite won every event in the M55 pentathlon, earning the national title and setting a new American record with 4213 points.

On the women’s 400m side, Emmanuelle Mcgowan (Sugar Hill, Georgia) overtook Sonja Friend-Uhl (Boca Raton, Florida) in the W45 400m  in a tight battle for gold, clocking in at 1:02.37-0:02.81.

In the 1500m race walk, Maryanne Daniel (Clinton, Connecticut) of Connecticut Racewalkers dominated the women’s field, winning not only the W55 title but also finishing fastest in the W30, 40, 45 and 50 age groups.

The distance events saw 1992 Olympic marathoner and 1991 World Championships bronze medalist Steve Spence (Shippensburg, Pennsylvania) take the M55 3000m gold in 9:53. Atlanta Track Club teammates battled fiercely at the finish in the M75-104 3000m, with Charlie Patterson (Buford, Georgia) holding on for the win over David Turner Sr. (Clarkesville, Georgia). Kara Parker (St. Paul, Minnesota) earned the national title in the W45 3000m with a nearly forty second lead over second place, 11:06.63-11:46.43.

Capping off Friday’s field events, Rita Hanscom (San Diego, California) clinched the W60 pole vault competition at 2.15m/7-0.5.

Saturday’s events begin at 8:00 a.m. ET with 3000m race walks, 60m finals, weight throw and shot put. Click here for a full schedule.

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