Contact: Bob Weiner, USATF National Masters Media Chair
ALBUQUERQUE -- An unprecedented Six World Masters sprint records in a single day went down Saturday, March 5 at USATF Masters Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center. In two consecutive races, three world’s fastest age-group 60-meter finishers broke marks.
M70 Ty Brown
, an age-group world record holder in the hurdles, tested his dominance without the obstacles to finish the 60m in 8.11 for yet another age-group WR. After finishing the race, an emotional Brown said, “When you can do that in front of these great guys as your colleagues, it means everything.”
Starting the day with 60-meter prelims, Bill Collins
ran a World Masters record of 7.76 in the the M65 age group before running 7.69 in the final. Collins, who no one would know is recovering from Guillain-Barré syndrome, lowered the previous world standard of 7.81, which was set in 2012.
W55 Joy Upshaw
started the day with an American Masters record of 8.48 in the 60m before blazing to a 9.71 WR finish in the 60mH. Both Upshaw and Liz Palmer outran the world record as the silver medalist Palmer crossed in 9.82, proving the U.S. prowess for sprints in the world of masters track & field.
W75 Kathy Bergen
, also broke a pair of her own records on Day 2, as she raised the high jump bar to a new world-record setting clearance over 1.25/4-1.25 after also breaking the age-group’s 60m record with a finish of 9.49, which she set last year. Bergen also holds AR in the W70-74 category.
ran 8.16 in the M45 section of the 60mH for a new age-group world record. He breaks the previous mark of 8.18 by .02 seconds.
became the first M95 athlete in history to run the 1,500m, and he finished with a 16:32.19 WR.
set an American record in W65 shot, tossing 9.36m/30-8.5 to take down her own 2015 AR of 9.2m/30-4.75, as she complemented the super weight throw AR of 11.06/36-3.5, which she threw yesterday.
in W80 shot put tossed 7.84m/25-8.75 to beat record of 7.78/25-6.25. Joanne Marriott
surpassed Roman’s W75 weight throw AR with a winning toss of 11.77/38-7.2. Marriott also broke the super weight AR with a throw of 7.72/25-4.
Also in throw, M60 Quenton Torbert
broke an AR in shot put, tossing 15.94m/52-3.75.
The day concluded with relays as the W55 unattached 4x200m team of Susan Lloyd
, Lesley Chaplin
, Julie Hayden
and Vicki Fox
ran under the listed non-club AR with their 2:07.94 finish. The W70 unattached team of Mary Robinson
, Angela Staab
, Barbara Hensley
and Louise Guardino
clocked 3:09.45 to outrun the current non-club record as well.
In men’s 4x200m relays, two teams ran faster than their listed age-group American records when the M55 team of Don McGee, James Chinn, Ben James and William Yelverton ran 1:37.88
and the M65 team of Roger Pierce, Grady Cash, Bruce Mintz and Ivan Black ran 2:03.61.
*Note: The 4x200m relay performances will not be considered for records due to the marking of exchange zones.
On the second day of competition, SoCal Track Club leads team scoring with 432 points.
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The meet continues Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m. with free admission for spectators.
On breaking the 60m record
“I had a lousy night’s sleep because I was so hyped up. I did my very best last year, and I broke the world record, and I just hoped to go well under 10 seconds today. I didn’t expect anything, but knowing that I was running with Irene Obera gave me an extra boost. I was thrilled to say the least. A little surprised and thrilled.”
On breaking her own high jump record
“Last year in Lyon, I had set the world record at 1.22/4-0 in Pasadena and in Lyon, France. My record was tied by a woman from the Netherlands. That was the outdoor record last year. She just upped my world record indoors to 1.24/4-0.75 like a month ago, and I don’t have easy access to high jump practice. I only practiced like five times before this meet, and the best I did was 1.20/3-11.25, so today I was stunned to get 1.25/4-1.25. All my high jump friends are here, so it’s great to do it when they can see it.”
“It was a great joy just getting back here. I love this place. It’s phenomenal. Five years ago when I was here, they didn’t believe I could run that fast. And five years later after coming back from Guillain-Barré, it just shows what my capabilities are. I really love it. It’s tough for me because my dad passed away last year, and everything is dedicated to him. I’m crossing this line here, and there were days when I didn’t even think I would walk again. To do this is really great.”
"it was great. I like competing against Liz (Palmer). She always brings out the best in me, and I think we bring out the best in each other when we're racing together. Breaking the record, I was thrilled when that happened."
"It as the first time I ever broke a world record, so I was pretty happy with that. I just wanted to focus on running a solid race becuase Don Drummond and I run together all the time, so it's who can execute the most important things."
"I can't even put it into words. First of all, I'm stunned that it even took place. It took a few hours for it to sink in a little bit, and it feels great."
“Yesterday was an okay day. Anytime you set a record, it’s a good day. I just didn’t throw as good as I thought I wanted to. I think I just didn’t eat enough and it was a long day. Today was a much better day. I was really prepared. I have been really working on the shot put and was excited to be able to throw as far as I did.”