Winston-Salem, North Carolina -- Records continued to fall as athletes of all ages flexed their athletic prowess on Day Two of USATF Masters Outdoor Championships at Kentner Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest University, Friday, July 18.
Roy Englert, 91, (Springfield, Virginia) of Potomac Valley Track Club started the record breaking process early, running a 36:13.57 in the M90 5,000 meters, the second track event of the day. He broke the listed previous record set by Paul Spangler (37:39.39) in 2001.
Nolan Shaheed (Pasadena, California) who turned 65 today and moved into a new division, set the American record in the 2,000m steeplechase with a 7:19.62 and almost broke the Ron Robertson’s World record of 7:18.10. The world class jazz trumpeter will compete in the 800 and 1500m this weekend too.
Kathryn Martin, 62, (Northport, New York) of Northport Running Club, had one of the top performances of the day, breaking the listed world record in the 2,000m steeplechase by over 10 seconds with her 8:37.47. American Marie Michelsohn had previously set the record in 2002.
Irene Obera, 80, (Fremont, California) of West Valley Track Club broke the listed American record in the 400m, running a blistering 1:39.92 to break Polly Clark’s 2003 mark of 1:40.45. She also broke the listed World W80 80m hurdles record (19.77) along with Florence Meiler (Shelburne, Vermont) of Mass Velocity Track Club, who finished second with a 20.98.
Sabra Harvey (Houston, Texas) broke her second record in as many days, winning the W65 5,000m with a 20:25.64. The listed previous American record of 20:27.08 was set by Marie Michelsohn in 2007. Harvey set the American record in the 800m yesterday with a 2:24.12.
With a dominant performance in hammer throw, 1984 Olympic flagbearer Ed Burke (Los Gatos, California) of the M70 age bracket, sent two throws over 50.0m/164-0 as he won by nearly 8.5m/27-10. His last toss of with a 52.35m/171-9 sealed the title.
The international contingent in Winston-Salem had some outstanding performances as well. Karla Del Grande of Canada broke the listed World record in the W60 100m with a 13.63 in the prelims, breaking German athlete Ingrid Meier’s 13.75 mark set in 2008. Earl Fee of Canada broke the listed World record in the M85 400m with a 1:18.82, beating the previous record set by Yoshiyuki Shimizu (1:20.46) in 2013.
In the combined team standings, So Cal Track Club holds a slim lead over Atlanta Track Club, 363 points to 351.
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