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World records continue to fall at USA Masters Indoor Championships


LANDOVER, MD. – Orville Rogers continued his assault on the record books in bringing his total of world records set up to four while Bruce McBarnette bettered his own world record in the men’s high jump as the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships continued Saturday at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex. The meet concludes Sunday.

With athletes ages ranging from 30-95+, a record 1,044 entrants from 47 states and 14 countries are a part of this year’s Masters Indoor Championships, which include 10 Olympians and 30 world champions. More information and a complete list of results can be found here.  . 

Through afternoon competition on Saturday, Rogers (M95) and McBarnette (M55) helped grow the total number of individual world records set at the USA Masters Indoor Championships to seven.

Competing in the most senior division in Landover, the 95-year-old Rogers has established all-time world bests in the 60m (14.82), 400m (2:24.51), mile (14:39.91) and 3,000m (30:19.33).

For McBarnette, he set the world record in the men’s high jump with a clearance of 1.88m/6-2, which marked the 27th national masters championship of his career.

The list of those setting world records in Landover at the Masters Indoor Championships included: Oscar Peyton (M60) in the men’s 60m (7.52), Hugh Campbell (M88) in the men’s 3,000m (15:48.61) and Christa Bortignon (W75) in the triple jump (7.75m/25-5.25).

Additionally, three women’s and two men’s relay teams set American records.

McBarnette betters Olympian Barrineau in setting world record
They are a group of men that meet twice a year and seem to bring out the best in one another. Their annual reunions happen at the masters indoor and outdoor championships.

“Competing in American masters championships is like competing in the world championships,” McBarnette said of the group. “We have so many good high jumpers.”

A 10-time world champion and 27-time national masters champion, in recent years McBarnette has seemed to set the literal and figurative bar for his group, which was the case again Saturday with his world record.

The group spans decades of success in the high jump and includes 1976 Olympian James Barrineau. Barrineau, who is a former world masters record holder in the event and competed in Landover battling injury, placed third Saturday clearing a height of 1.73m/5-8. Mark Williamson finished runner-up at 1.78m/5-10.

For McBarnette, the world record was a goal he had Saturday.

“It feels great to break another world record,” he said. “I have broken many world records, but this is very special becomes it comes at a USA masters championship. This is what I was shooting for.”

Ryan keeps busy at Masters Indoor Championships
Lisa Ryan (W43) struggles to find any spare time during masters indoor or outdoor championships. But that is simply the way she prefers it.

“I figure that I am paying to fly out here so I might as well make it worth it,” she said. “If I’m here I want to compete.”

On Saturday, Ryan won the women’s 40-44 age group of the mile in a time of 5:13.99. From that point it was over to the medical area for a quick massage before moving on to one of the nine other events she will be competing in throughout the weekend.

She began running at the age of 40 and excels at the distance events, also winning her age group in the 3,000m on Friday. But her day in far from over when the mile or 3,000m is done. She is also competing in the 800m, long jump, 60m hurdles, triple jump, shot put, weight throw and super weight throw in Landover.

“Someday I wouldn’t mind doing the pentathlon but I’m still learning the throwing events,” she said. “It’s fun and I do it to be a part of a team. I can compete at home in different college meets and then I will focus more on my own events. I think doing different events makes you a better athlete.”

Ryan competes as a part of the Southern California Track Club.
A summary of the individual records set  and a list of winners through Saturday’s afternoon competition at the USA Masters Indoor Championships can be found below.

USA Masters individual records
WR – Bruce McBarnette (M55), high jump, 1.88m/6-2
WR – Oscar Peyton (M60), 60m, 7.52
WR – Orville Rogers (M95), mile, 14:39.91
WR – Orville Rogers (M95), 400m, 2:24.51
WR – Orville Rogers (M95), 60m, 14.82
WR – Orville Rogers (M95), 3,000m, 30:19.33
WR – Hugh Campbell (M88), 3,000m, 15:48.61
WR – Christa Bortignon (W75), triple jump, (7.75m/25-5.25).
AR – Ed Burke (M73), super weight throw, 11.57m/37-11.5
AR – Roy Englert (M90), 3,000m, 20:02.36
AR – Charles Allie (M65), 400m, 58.81
AR – Babatunde Ridley (M35), 60m, 6.86
AR – Phillip Brusca (M85), shot put, 9.82m/32-2.5
AR – Anthony Palazzo (M85), super weight throw, 6.12m/20-1
AR – Erika Pierce (W40), pentathlon, 3,241

Men’s winners

Sean Burnett (M31), 6.87; Babatunde Ridley (M35), 6.86; Christopher Williams (M41), 6.90; Aaron Thigpen (M48), 7.23; Chris Faulknor (M50), 7.34; Val Barnwell (M55), 7.41; Oscar Peyton (M60), 7.52; Charles Aillie (M65), 7.90; Albert Williams (M72), 8.52; Robert Lida (M76), 8.87; Dennis Melanson (M80), 9.42; Edward Cox (M85), 10.53; Charles Ross (M90), 19.07; Orville Rogers (M95), 14.82

Napolean Griffin II (M33), 4:58.68; Randy Wasinger (M37), 4:31.41; Kevin Castille (M41), 4:23.00; Brad Barton (M46), 4:24.71; Kevin Miller (M51), 4:39.30; Stephen Chantry (M58), 5:00.15; Nolan Shaheed (M63), 5:20.88; Gary Patton (M67), 5:46.51; Louis Coppens (M70), 6:41.30; Bill Spencer (M77), 6:48.27; John McMahon (M82), 8:00.94; Charles Boyle (M89), 12:25.56; Roy Englert (M90), 11:00.58; Orville Rogers (M95), 14:39.91

Long Jump
Nick Damalas (M44), 5.78m/18-11.75; Derek Pye (M45), 5.69m/18-8; Joe Smith (M57), 5.15m/16-10.75; Ty Brown (M68), 4.44m/14-6.75; Ray Kozusko (M70), 4.03m/13-2.75; Robert Paulen (M76), 3.59m/11-9.5; Donald Leis (M80), 2.58m/8-5.75; Richard Soller (M86), 2.54m/8-4; Charles Ross (M90), 1.24m/4-1

High Jump
Greg Vidos (M52), 1.78m/5-10; Bruce McBarnette (M55), 1.88m/6-2; James Sauers (M64), 1.55m/5-1; David Montieth (M67), 1.53m/5-0.25; John Clifford (M70), 1.35m/4-5; Ralph Reiche (M75), 1.22m/4-0; Donald Sazima (M84), 1.02m/3-4; George Roudebush (M87), 1.02m/3-4; Charles Ross (M90), .082m/2-8.25

Weight Throw
John Porter Jr. (M34), 11.20m/36-9; Christopher Cockerham (M38), 10.92m/35-10; Louis Chisari (M44), 16.36m/53-8; David Bickel (M46), 14.41m/47-3; Bob Cedrone (M58), 16.58m/54-4

Super Weight Throw
John Porter Jr. (M34), 6.85m/22-5; Christopher Cockerham (M38), 7.36m/24-1; David Ash (M42), 3.76m/12-4; Patrick Toland (M47), 8.65m/28-4; Joseph Benoit (M54), 9.34m/30-7; Bob Cedrone (M58), 8.39m/27-6

Shot Put
Sheldon Johnson (M50), 18.89m/61-11.75; Quenton Torbert (M61), 14.79m/48-6.25; Charles Roll Jr. (M66), 13.56m/44-6; Carl Wallin (M71), 13.07m/42-10.75; Wayne Sabin (M79), 9.73m/31-11.25;  Ray Feick (M81), 8.94m/29-4; Phillip Brusca (M85), 9.82m/32-2.75; Charles Ross (M90), 4.49m/14-8.75

Pole Vault
David Lindenberg (M34), 4.40m/14-5.25; Bradley Hicks (M37), 4.25m/13-11.25; Duncan Littlefield (M48), 4.10m/13-5.25

Women’s winners
Long Jump

LaQuesha Muller (W33), 4.26m/13-11.75; Danelle Readinger (W37), 4.44m/14-6.75; Jill Cypress (W41), 4.71m/15-5.5; Regina Ricahrdson (W48), 4.60m/15-1.25; Jo Phelps (W54), 3.42m/11-2.75; Rita Hanscom (W58), 3.92m/12-10.5; Kay Glynn (W60), 4.16m/13-7.75; Mary Trotto (W65), 2.09m/6-10.25; Jane Simpson (W71), 1.96m/65-.25; Christa Bortignon (W76), 3.40m/11-2

Brandi Bernert (W34), 7.77; Maurelhena Walles (W38), 8.50; Emmanuelle Mcgowan (W44), 8.20; Renee Henderson (W48), 8.08; Sarah Lawson (W50), 8.64; Loretta Woodward (W58), 8.74; Jane Barnes (W60), 9.10; Mary White (W66), 10.36; Jane Simpson (W71), 13.46; Christa Bortignon (W76), 10.06;

Eileen Kickish (W32), 5:47.67; Jacqueline Gruendel (W38), 5:13.99; Lisa Ryan (W43), 5:13.99; Lisa Valle (W46), 5:27.00; Lorraine Jasper (W51), 5:30.06; Debbie Lee (W56), 5:57.96; Barbara Broad (W62), 6:06.62; Courtney Mullen (W67), 8:30.88; Sandra Folzer (W73), 7:44.36; Jeanne Daprano (W76), 7:33.35

Shot Put
Monica Kendall (W57), 13.04m/42-9.5; Jane Barnes (W60), 8.74m/28-8.25; Mary Trotto (W65), 6.23m/20-5.25; Roslyn Katz (W71), 6.30m/20-8; Christel Donley (W75), 8.12m/26-7.75; Sharon Good (W80), 3.54m/11-7.5

Media are encouraged to attend and for all media inquiries, contact USATF National Masters Media Chair Bob Weiner, 301-283-0821, cell 202-306-1200

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