USATF National Masters Championships begin at Cooke Field’s Rainbow Track

08-04-2005

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HONOLULU - Records fell on the first day of competition at the USATF National Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Cooke Field's Rainbow Track located on the campus at the University of Hawaii.

In the (4K) shot put final, Trent Lane of Baker, La., set a world record in the M95 age group with a heave of 6.14m/20-1.75. The 95-year-old Lane bettered the 5.11m/16-9.25 set in 2000 by Masami Okazaki of Japan.

Gerry Davidson of Fallbrook, Calif., was orginally clocked at 26:13.09 in the W80 age division of the 5,000m final. It was later determinedthat the 84-year-old, Davidson was short two laps to the finish line and will not haveatime as a result.

Another American record fell after Leland McPhie of San Diego, Calif., tossed 7.01m/23-0 in the (4K) shot put final to win the M90 age division title. The 91-year-old McPhie bettered the 6.97m/22-10.5 set in 1990 by Buell Crane.

In the women's discus throw competition, 48-year-old Carol Finsrud unleashed a throw of 50.85m/166-10 bettering her American record in winning the W45 age division crown. A resident of Lockart, Texas, Finsrud improved her previous record of 50.62m/166-1 set last year in Decatur, Ill. Other women's discus throw winners were Frances Jones of Washington (W35-27.45m/90-0), Debbie Zakerski of Elk Grove, Calif., (W40-20.10m/65-11.5), Yvonne Kirkpatrick of Kuna, Idaho (W50-26.27m/86-2), Brenda Matthews of Anaheim, Calif., (W55-21.15m/69-4.75).

Clare Look-Jaeger of Pasadena, Calif., scored 3,560 points to set an American record in the W35 women's pentathlon. The 39-year-old, Look-Jaeger bettered the previous record of 2,565 set in 2004 by Regina Richardson of North Carolina.

Emil Pawlik of Jackson, Miss., scored the most points by any male in today's pentathlon. The 66-year-old won the M65 age division with a score of 4,023 which also betters the meet record of 3,734 set in 2002. American pentathlon record breakers were Rob Duncanson of Coto de Caza, Calif., (M50-3,767) and Phil Shipp of Sedona, Ariz., (M70-3,854). Other pentathlon winners were Douglas Watson of Mounument, Ore., (M55-3,345), Robert Baker of Metairie, La., (3,566), William Daprano of Fayetteville, Ga., (M75-2,273) and Bill Carter of Marlow, Okla., (M80-2,108).

Repeating her dominance from last year's championships, Flo Meiler of Shelburne, Vt., scored the most points by any woman in today's pentathlon. The 71-year-old had a total of 3,892 to win the W70 age division. Other winners were Barbara Foster of Scarborough, Maine, (W30-1,000), Caren Ware of Twin Peaks, Calif., (W40-2,739), Joanne Petkus of Auburn, Maine, (W45-1,980), Irene Thompson of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., (W50-3,330), LaTanya Glass of Seal Beach, Calif., (W55-1,909), and Barbara Jordan of South Burlington, Vt., (W65-3,344).

The men's (5K) shot put winners were Paul Economides of Albuquerque, N.M., (M60-15.15m/49-8.5) and Gerald Vaughn of Charlotte, N.C., (M65-14.02m/46-0). The men's (4K) shot put winners included Phil Shipp of Sedona, Ariz., (M70-13.96m/45-9.75), Arnie Gaynor of Palm Desert, Calif., (M75-12.06m/39-.75), Richard Mulkern of St. Petersburg, Fla., (M80-9.09m/29-10), and Hugh Hackett of Albuquerque, N.M., (M85-4.93m/16-2).

In the men's 5,000m finals, Bob Prather of Oak Harbor, Wash., ran 17:02.88 clocking the fastest time out of all the age divisions. The 50-year-old, Prather cruised to victory in the M50 age division. It was a different story for Thom Weddle of Minneapolis, Minn., (M65-21:06.18) who held off runner-up finisher Ken Mohica of Hawaii (M65-21:06.28) to win the M65 age group title. Other men's 5,000m winners were Duncan MacDonald of Hawaii (M55-18:10.61), Maxwell Hamlyn of Fuquay Varina, N.C., (M60-19:51.89) Bill Iffrig of Everett, Wash., (M70-20:53.81), William Fortune of Pearl River, N.Y., (M75-26:36.85), Jim O'Neil of Rancho Mirage, Calif., (M80-32:43.59) and Frank Levine of Norristown, Pa., (M90-40:15.50).

In the women's 5,000m winners included Rachel Menge of Sacramento, Calif., (W30-22:47.74), Karen Jeffers of Wheatland, Calif.,(W40-19:32.36), Theresa Brown of Orangeval, Calif., (W45-21:16.04), Kathryn Martin (W50-18:19.69), Wah Berman of Hawaii (W55-24:20.34), Rusty Barnett of El Dorado Hills, Calif., (W60-26:11.27), Mary Marsolais of Eagle River, Ark., (W65-33:27.34) and Mary Harada of West Newbury, Mass., (W70-26:04.16).

The men's pole vault winners were Robert Baker of Metairie, La., (M60-3.35m/10-11.75) Terry Cannon of Santa Maria, Calif., (M65-3.05m/10-0), Jim Julian of Houston, Texas (M70-2.40m/7-10.5), Bud Held of Del Mar, Calif., (M75-2.75m/9-0.25), and Dan Grosh of Bend, Ore., (M80-1.93m/6-4).

Wayne C. Bartelme of Kula, Hawaii, won the M35 javelin throw title with a toss of 50.41m/165-4.

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