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World and American record set on first day of 2018 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships


SPOKANE, Washington -- Over 900 of the nation’s best Masters athletes converged on Eastern Washington University’s campus to begin competition at the 2018 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships.

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

In stunning fashion, 95-year-old Roy Englert (Springfield, Virginia/Potomac Valley Track Club) clinched the M95 world record in the men’s 800. Englert, who also set age group records at USATF Masters Indoor Championships earlier this year, ran 5:18.15 - a huge improvement from the previous WR of 6:02.94 set in 1991 by Herb Kirk of the U.S.  

On the women’s side, Sue McDonald (Santa Barbara, California/T.H.E. Track Team) set a new American record in the W55 800m. McDonald’s 2:27.00 dipped under the previous age group AR of 2:30.53. Lesley Hinz (Atlanta, Georgia/Unattached) nearly broke the American record in the W60 800m, finishing in 2:34.95 compared to the AR time of 2:34.66. In March, Hinz won USATF Athlete of the Week following her 800m world indoor record. She followed up by winning her 400m prelim in 1:11.84.

Three-time U.S. racewalk Olympian Michelle Rohl (Madison, Wisconsin/unattached) clinched the W50 800m exhibition race in 2:32.78. 2018 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year Sabra Harvey (Houston, Texas/Houston Striders, Inc.) won her W65 800m final in 2:49.63.

M50 competitor Carl Combs (Sheney, Washington/Club Northwest) ran the fastest time of all M30-59 5,000m runners, clocking in at 16:14.14.

In the multi-events, Michael Janusey (Venetia, Pennsylvania/Unattached) won the M60 pentathlon with 2976 points and Rachel Guest (Surprise, Arizona/Southwest Sprinters Track Club) took home the USATF Masters title in the W40 pentathlon with 3348 points.

William Harvey (Glenbrook, Nevada/Unattached) earned first in the M70 shot put at 13.81m/45-3.75 and Oneithea Lewis (Oakland Gardens, New York/Shore Athletic Club) claimed the national title in W55 weight throw with a best of 14.05m.

Competition continues Friday with 5,000m race walk finals and M75 triple jump. Click here for full schedule. Live video will be available on USATF.TV+ starting at 8:00 a.m. local time.

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