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USATF Masters athletes continue to shine at Roos Field


SPOKANE, Washington -- Sprint finals, distance races and throws marked the penultimate day highlights at USATF Masters Outdoor Championships at Eastern Washington University.

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

41-year-old Washington resident Kate Landau (Tacoma, Washington/unattached) set the stage for an exciting Saturday with an American record in the first event of the day. Landau completed the W40 10,000m in 34:43.32, sneaking under the previous AR of 34:58.54. Her national title adds to an already exciting year, having earned the top qualifying standard for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon at the Eugene Marathon in 2:35:44.

In the sprints, Val Barnwell (Brooklyn, New York/So Cal Track Club) nearly broke the American record in the M60 100m, running 11.85 compared to 11.83. Orville Rogers (Dallas, Texas/Potomac Valley Track Club) returned to the track where he set an American record in the 400m yesterday, eager to take on today’s 100m final. The 100-year-old WWII veteran ran in a heat with athletes ages 85+ and finished in 40.09 to beat contemporary George Roudebush (Chardon, Ohio)by nearly eight seconds. 2016 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year Irene Obera (Fremont, California) clinched her W80 national title in 17.86, and 2017 WMA Outstanding Athlete of the Year Bob Lida (Wichita, Kansas) snatched the M80 win in 14.81. A bevy of 200m preliminary heats ensured riveting finals to come tomorrow.

Kay Glynn (Hastings, Iowa/Unattached) nearly tied the current American record of 1.33m in the women’s 65-69 high jump. Glynn had a strong showing, soaring over the first four bars with one attempt each. Her first miss came at a height of 1.30m/4-3.25, which she cleared on her second jump. She was unable to capture the following mark of 1.34m, however, which would have beaten the American record by 0.01 meters.

Javelin world record holder Linda Cohn (Northridge, California/SC Striders Track Club), who earlier this year improved upon her age group WR in a yet-to-be-ratified 37.50m, continued to dominate the W65 event with 35.80m on her third attempt. This distance still beats her previous (and ratified) record of 33.99m. On the men’s side, newly crowned javelin WR holder William Platts (Boise, Idaho/unattached) clinched his second record of the meet in the M90 weight throw. Platts clinched a new American record on his final throw of 9.91m, besting the previous 9.55m.

Additionally, USATF sat down with Masters world record holder Oneithea Lewis on her experiences as an accomplished 50+ athlete. Click here to read the Q&A.  

The final day of competition begins early Sunday with the 10,000m race walk at 6:30 a.m. and will conclude around 2:30 p.m. with 4x400m relays. Click here for full schedule.

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