INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- More than 1,000 athletes, which include a total of five Olympians and 30 reigning world masters champions, will be on hand when the USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships kick off Wednesday, July 11, and run through Sunday at the Olathe District Activity Center in Olathe, Kan.
Encompassing the true spirit of lifetime fitness and competing in five-year age categories, the USA Masters Outdoor Championships includes competitors ages 30-95+ in events ranging from 100-meters through 10,000m and a full array of field events. More information on the meet can be found here.
Olympic athletes competing in Olathe
Kip Janvrin (M45-49, Warrensburg, Mo.) – Janvrin is a 2000 Olympian and the oldest American to compete in the Olympic decathlon. He has won the Drake Relays decathlon an amazing 13 times.
Ed Burke (M70, Los Gatos, Calif.) – A three-time Olympian, Burke was the flag bearer for Team USA at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Sunder Nix (M50, Muncie, Ind.) – Nix ran the leadoff leg for Team USA when they won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in the 4x400m in a time of 2:57.91.
Chris Williams (M40, Colton, Calif.) – A three-time Olympian (2000, 2004, and 2008) for Jamaica, in 2000 Williams won a bronze medal in the 4x400m.
Jason Rouser (M40, Dade City, Fla.) – The University of Oklahoma alum won a gold medal in 1996 as part of Team USA’s 4x400m relay.
Along with Olympians and world champions, a long list of world and American record holders and national champions will be on hand in Olathe. Some of the bigger names to watch out for include:
Kathy Martin (W64, Northport, N.Y.) – She is a winner of multiple world championships as a distance runner.
Kathy Bergen (W70-74, La Canada, Calif.) – The former BenGay Athlete of the Year, Bergen is the first woman over the age of 70 to break 15 seconds in the 100m dash and the W70 indoor world record holder in the high jump.
Jeanne Daprano (W75, Fayetteville, Ga.) – Daprano became the first woman over the age of 70 to break seven minutes in the mile before becoming the first woman over the age of 75 to do the same. She was also named USA Track & Field’s 2012 Masters Athlete of the Year.
Rita Hanscom (W55, San Diego, Calif.) – Hanscom is a recent world masters athlete of the year award winner. Lorraine Jasper (W50, Birchrunville, Pa.) – The 2012 world indoor 800m champion also holds a 2013 American indoor record mark.
Nolan Shaheed (M64, Pasedena, Calif.) – Shaheed is a jazz musician great that has played lead trumpet for Count Basie, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Dianna Ross and Marvin Gaye. He also holds world masters records in the 800m, 1500m and other distances.
Paul Babits (M50, Fort Wayne, Ind.) – Babits is a world indoor record holder and world outdoor pole vault champion.
Bill Collins (M60-64, Houston, Texas) – A past world champion who recovered from a life-threatening case of Guillain-Barre syndrome in 2011 to break world records in the 60m and 200m in 2012.
Oscar Peyton (M60, Accokeek, Md.) – Broke his own world indoor record in the men’s 60m at the USA Masters Indoor Championships.
Bob Lida (M76, Wichita, Kan.) – Lida was given the World Masters Athletics 2012 Best Master of the World award. In 2012 Lida established world records indoors in the 60m, 200m and 400m along with winning world titles in each event and set world outdoor records in the 100m and 200m.
Khalild Mulazim (Cleveland, Ohio) – Mulazim holds the world 400m record for men 45- 49 at 50.18.
Derek Pye (Long Beach, Calif.) – Holds the M40 American record in the 60m at 8.09 and won a silver medal in the 110m hurdles at the 2011 World Masters Outdoor Championships.
Landen Summay (Cincinnati, Ohio) – At age 47, Summay ran 2:00.65 in the 800m at the Drake Relays and is the reigning USA Masters Outdoor champion.
Bruce McBarnette (Ashburn, Va.) – McBarnette has won numerous masters world championships and established the world indoor record in the high jump at the USA Masters Indoor Championships.
Thaddeus Wilson (Oxnard, Calif.) – Wilson set the M60-64 world record in the 100m hurdles in 2011 at 14.37 and went on to win world titles in both the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles.
Charles Allie (Pittsburgh, Penn.) – Earlier this year Allie established world indoor records in both the 200m and 400m.
Ty Brown (Washington, D.C.) – The world indoor record holder in the M65 60m hurdles, Brown ran faster than the world-record time in the 100m hurdles earlier this year at 15.20.
Don Isett (Dallas, Texas) – Isett holds the world indoor record in the pole vault for M70-74 at 3.25m/10-9 and won the 2011 world title.
Myrle Mensey (Saint Louis, Mo.) – Mensey set W60 American records both indoors and outdoors in the weight throw along with the superweight throw.
Johnnye Valien (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Valien won gold in the long jump, high jump, pole vault, javelin, and shot put at the 2011 World Masters Athletics Championships.
Local athletes competing in Olathe
Randy Wasinger (M35, Overland Park, Kan.) – Wasinger won the 800m and mile titles at the USA Masters Indoor Championships and is the reigning USA Masters Outdoor 800m champion.
Ron Kochanowicz (M40, Smithville, Mo.) – Kochanowicz finished runner-up in the 1,500m at the 2011 USA Masters Outdoor Championships.
Gwen Wentland (W40, Manhattan, Kan.) – A veteran of five Olympic Trials in the high jump, Wentland was an All-American at Kansas State. She holds a lifetime best of 1.95m/6-5 and will shoot for the American or world mark in Olathe.
Kip Janvrin (M45, Warrensburg, Mo.) – A 2000 Team USA Olympian at the age of 35, Janvrin competed for Simpson College in Iowa and now coaches at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Scott Menka (W45, Lee’s Summit, Mo.) – Menka won both the 80m hurdles and long jump at last year’s USA Masters Outdoor Championships.
Kevin Miller (M50, Olathe, Kan.) – Miller has won the 800m, mile and 3,000m at each of the last two USA Masters Indoor Championships.
Tim Wigger (M65, Shawnee, Kan.) – Wigger won both the 800m and mile at the 2009 USA Masters Indoor Championships.
Orville Rogers (M95-99, Dallas, Texas) – Rogers set five world records at events from 200m through 3,000m at the recent USA Masters Indoor Championships.
USATF 2012 masters age-group athletes of the year award winners competing in Olathe
Kathy Bergen (W73, LaCanada, Calif.) – 100m, 200m, high jump, discus, javelin
Kathy Martin (W62, Northport, N.Y.) – 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10000m, 2,000m steeplechase
Coreen Steinbach (W61, Pomey, N.Y.) – 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m
Rita Hanscom (W55, San Diego, Calif.) – 100m, 200m, high jump, pole vault
Flo Meiler (W78, Shelburne, Vt.) – 100m, shot put, pole vault, 2,000m steeplechase, shot put, hammer throw, triple jump
Gloria Krug (W81, New Oxford, Pa.) – Shot put, discus, hammer throw, javelin
Christel Donley (W76, Colorado Springs, Colo.) – long jump
Charmaine Roberts (W45, Beltsville, Md.) – 400m, 800m
Lorraine Jasper (W51, Birchrunville, Pa.) – 800m, 1500m
Sonja Friend-Uhl (W41, Brentwood, Tenn.) – 800m, 1500m
Debbie Lee (W56, Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) – 800m, 1500m, 5000m, long jump, triple jump
Lisa Ryan (W43, Sioux City, Iowa) – Pentathlon, shot put, high jump
Carol Finsrud (W56, Lockhart, Texas) – Shot put, discus, javelin, hammer throw, weight throw
Bill Collins (M61 , Houston, Texas) – 200m, 400m
Oscar Peyton (M60, Accokeek, Md.) – 100m, 200m
Nolan Shaheed (M60, Pasadena, Calif.) – 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, 2,000m steeplechase
Orville Rogers (M95, Dallas, Texas) – 800m, 1500m
Charles Ross (M90, Conyers, Calif.) – 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, 5000m, shot put, triple jump, discus, weight throw, javelin
Bruce McBarnette (M55, Sterling, Va.) – High jump, triple jump
Ed Burke (M70, Los Gatos, Calif.) – weight throw
Gary Patton (M67, Rock Rapids, Mich.) – 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10000m
Sherwood Sagedahl (M73, Fairmont, Min.) – 400m, 800m, 1500m
Robert Thomas (M45, Indianapolis, Ind.) – 100m, 200m, 400m
Competitors will have their sights set on the 2013 World Masters Athletics Championships, which are scheduled for October 16-27 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
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