INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2014 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships heads to the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this week, July 17-20. Competitors between the ages of 35 and 99 will compete in 33 events for individual and team championships.
Champion Goldy Sr. (Haddonfield, New Jersey) and Orville Rogers (Dallas, Texas) highlight the 95-99 men’s division and are the oldest competitors in the championships. They will compete in a combined eight events over the weekend. Goldy Sr., 97, won the M95 60m (17.72), 200m (1:21.66), shot put (5.96m/19-6.75) and the weight throw (5.50m/18-0) in this year’s indoor championships in Boston. Rogers, 96, set the world record in the M95 400 meters (2:21.82) and won the 800m (6:25.62) at last year’s outdoor championships in Olathe, Kansas.
The M35 100m field includes four racers who have posted times under 11 seconds, including defending champion Sean Burnett (Atlanta, Georgia) who is marked at 10.90. Xzavier Chisholm (Mint Hill, North Carolina) posted a 10.86, Eley Newsome II (Pendleton, North Carolina) comes in at 10.90 and Rondrick Parker (Pikesville, Maryland) has the top mark in the field at 10.70, will look to dethrone Burnett.
A number of American record holders will compete in Winston-Salem next week including. Don Isett (Dallas, Texas) set the American record at last year’s championships in the 70-74 men’s pole vault with a 3.24m/10-7.5 leap and is back to defend his title. Gary Hunter (Fort Wayne, Indiana) is also back after setting the American record in the M57 pole vault (4.36m/14-3.5). Oscar Peyton (Accokeek, Maryland) set the American record in the M64 200m with a 24.32 last year.
Other American record holders that are scheduled to compete at next week’s competition include Myrle Mensey (Saint Louis, Missouri), who set the W64 women’s weight throw with a 16.93m/55-6 toss at Kansas last year and Marilyn Coleman (Franklin Park, New Jersey), in W38 weight throw with a toss of 14.70m/48-2.
Latiffia Taylor (Greensboro, North Carolina) makes the short drive to Winston-Salem after winning indoor titles in the W30 60m hurdles (9.02), long jump (5.06m/16-7.25), 60m (7.95), and the 200m (26.22). She is also the defending champion in the W30 100m (13.30), 100m hurdles (16.55), long jump (4.50m/14-9.25) and triple jump (10.11m/33-2).
So Cal Track Club is the favorite in the team competition, as they are the defending outdoor (879 points) and reigning indoor champions (522). TNT International Racing finished in second at Boston with 515 points.
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