Field events and 400m finals highlight day 2 at USATF National Masters


Melvin Jackson II
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field
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HONOLULU - The 400m finals along with several field events highlighted the second 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.

Robert Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.) ran an impressive 48.69 to win the men's M35 age division in the 400m finals. The 38-year-old, Thomas pulled away from the pack with about 20 meters left displaying a smile of fulfillment on his face as he crossed the finish line. A member of the Indiana Invaders track club, Thomas' performance was the fastest in all the men's 400m age divisions.

Other men's 400m winners were So Cal Track Club's Alfy Pettes (Omaha, Neb.) M30-50.82, Kettrell Berry (San Diego, Calif.) M40-51.49, Bennie James (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) M45-53.24, Bill Collins (Houston Elite TC) M50-53.96, Charles Allie (Pittsburgh, Pa.) M55-55.64, Donald Neidig (Las Cruces, N.M.), Robert Lida (Wichita, Kan.) M60-1:00.19, James Ware (Indianapolis, Ind.) M70-1:11.10, Don Cheek (Clovis, Calif.) M75-1:10.11, Roy Englert (Springfield, Va.) M80-1:40.40 and Frederic Tompkins (Pleasanton, Calif.). M85-1:51.69.

Jacqueline Board (Mesa, Ariz.) held off a late surge from Rita Hanscom (San Diego, Calif.) to win the W50 age division crown in the 400m final. The 52-year-old, Board finished in 1:05.62 followed by 51-year-old, Hanscom who finished in 1:06.65.

Other women's 400m winners were Prisila Jacobs (Brooklyn, N.Y.) W30-1:01.05, Lisa Daley (White Plains, N.Y.) W35-57.89, Jai Black (San Diego, Calif.) W40-1:01.85, Lesley Chaplin-Swann (McDonough, Ga.) W45-1:03.64, Hillen Von Maltzahn (Troy, N.Y.) W55-1:14.67, Lynn Naftel (Escondido, Calif.) W60-1:19.37, Jeanne Daprano (Fayetteville, Ga.) W65-1:25.35, Mary Harada (West Newbury, Mass.) W70-1:38.71, Patricia Peterson (Albany, N.Y.) W75-1:54.30 and Gerry Davidson (Fallbrook, Calif.) W80-2:06.02.

Several athletes scorched the track in the first round of the men's 100m dash. Aaron Thigpen (Brentwood, Calif.) highlighted the sprints after he ran 10.80 to set an American record in the M40 age division. The 40-year-old, Thigpen bettered the 10.87 set in 1989 by Eddie Hart of California. Ron Clark (Texas) set a meet record in the M35 age division after he finished in 10.70 seconds. The 35-year-old Clark bettered the previous time of 10.71 set in 1987.

Leland McPhie (San Diego, Calif.), cleared 1.05m/3-5.25 to set an American record in the M90 age group of the men's high jump. The 91-year-old, McPhie bettered the 1.04m/3-5 set in 1990 by Buell Crane. McPhie also set a meet record in the (400G) javelin throw with a toss of 15.83m/51-11. The previous meet record of 13.03m/42-9 was set in 2004.

The women's (4K) shot put winners were Kelly Thompson (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) W35-8.34m/27-4.5, Debbie Zakerski (Elk Grove, Calif.) W40-8.32m/27-3.75, and Betty Jarvis (Aberdeen, N.C.) W90-3.64m/11-11.5. Christel Donley tossed 7.71m/25-3.5 to set a meet record in the W70 age division. The previous record of 7.23m/23-8.75 was set in 2004. The (3K) shot put winners include Yvonne Kirkpatrick (Kuna, Idaho) W50-9.68m/31-9.25, Lorraine Tucker (San Jose, Calif.) W55-9.45m/31-0, Kathy Jager W60-8.21m26-11.25, Cherrie Sherrard (Vallejo, Calif.) W65-9.29m/30-5.75, Leonore McDaniels W75-5.48m/17-11.75 and Betty Jarvis (Aberdeen, N.C.) W90-3.64m/11-11.5.

In the women's high jump competition, Kathy Bergen (La Canada, Calif.) set a championship record in the W65 age group. The 65-year-old, Bergen cleared 1.30m/4-3.25 to better the previous record of 1.26m/4-1.75 set in 1993. Dionne Bruff (Houston Elite TC) also bettered the meet record in the W35 age group with a clearance of 1.55m/5-1. The previous W35 age division record of 1.52m/4-11.75 was set in 1997.

Other women's high jump winners were Patricia Porter (Albuquerque, N.M.) W40-1.70m/5-7, Marthe Mendenhall (Tacoma, Wash.) W45-1.50m/4-11, Dinah Anderson (Houston, Texas) W50-1.20m/3-11.25, Dorothy Vander-Cruyssen (Houston, Texas) W55-1.25m/4-1.25, Linda Douglass (Rosenburg, Texas) W60-1.25m/4-1.25, Christel Donley (Colorado Springs, Colo.) W70-1.15m/3-9.25 and Leonore McDaniels (Virginia Beach, Va.) W75-1.05m/3-5.25.

Phil Shipp (Sedona, Ariz.) tossed 42.53m/139-6 to set an American record in the M70 age division in the javelin throw. The 70-year-old, Shipp bettered the previous record of 42.17m/138-4 set in 2004 by Robert Youngs of Connecticut.

Karen Steen (Olympia, Wash.) improved her American record in the W40 age division in the 2,000m steeplechase final. The 41-year-old, Steen finished in 7:0506 bettering the 7:11.97 she set last year in Decatur, Ill.

In the W80 age division, Johnnye Valien (Los Angeles, Calif.) set a championship record in the women's long jump with a leap of 2.69m/8-10. The 80-year-old bettered the previous meet record of 2.46m/8-1 set in 1999. Valien also set meet records in the long jump with a leap of 2.69m/8-10 and the shot put with a toss of 6.38m/20-11.25. She also won her age division in the high jump with a clearance of 0.9m/2-11.5.

The women's long jump winners include Sarah Boyd (Austin, Texas) W35-4.84m/15-10.5, Caren Ware (Twin Peaks, Calif.) W40-4.42m/14-6, Joanne Petkus (Auburn, Maine) W45-3.67m/12-0.5, Linda Cohn (Northridge, Calif.) W50-4.23m/13-10.5, Hillen Von Maltzahn (Troy, N.Y.) W55-4.08m/13-4.75, Kathy Jager (Glendale, Ariz.) W60-3.60m/11-9.75, Barbara Jordan (South Burlington, Vt.) W65-3.65m/11-11.75, Audrey Lary (Frederick, Md.) W70-3.64m/11-11.5, Leonore McDaniels (Virginia Beach, Va.) W75-2.51m/8-3.

James Stookey (Dickerson, Md.) set a championship record in the men's high jump with a clearance of 1.29m/4-2.75. In winning the M75 age division, the 75-year-old, Stookey bettered the previous record of 1.28m/4-2.25 set in 2003. Stookey also won the 80m hurdles title in 14.37.

The men's high jump finals were highly contested as Tom Langenfeld (Edina, Minn.) tied a meet record with a clearance of 1.45m/4-9 to win the M70 age division title. In the M65 age group, Emil Pawlik (Jackson, Miss.) won after he cleared 1.50m/4-11 to edge James Paddie (Shreveport, La.) and Barry Kline (Washington, Pa.) who both finished in second and third-place respectively with a clearance of 1.45m/4-9. The 66-year-old, Pawlik also won the M65 100m hurdles title in 16.19w. Other men's high jump winners include Robert Zahn (Grafton, Wisc.) M50-1.55m/5-1, Edward Baskauskas (California) M55-1.51m/4-11.5, James Goodreau (North Hollywood, Calif.) M60-1.55m/5-1 and Charles Wilson (Bel Air, Md.) M80-1.15m/3-9.25.

The women's 5,000m race walk champions were Kelly Murphey Glenn (Kuna, Idaho) W40-27:55.31), Leslie Sokol (San Jose, Calif.) W45-28:57.12, Debbie Topham (Mayville, Mich.) W50-28:03.13, Kathleen Frable (McKinney, Texas) W55-32:32.63, Jolene Steigerwalt (San Diego, Calif.) W60-31:57.95, Joan Berman (Ann Arbor, Mich.) W65-37:52.87 and Miriam Gordon (Hollywood, Fla.) W80-38:07.46.

In the men's 5,000m race walk finals, Michael Wiggins (Hawarden, Iowa) clocked the fastest time by a male to win the M55 age division title in a time of 25:41.53. Other men's 5,000m race walk winners include Michael Blanchard (Castle Rock, Colo.) M40-26:41.33, Tommy Aunan (Bellevue, Wash.) M45-26:51.46, Klaus Thiedmann (Chicago, Ill.) M50-27:34.87, Edoardo Sorrenti (Greenwood Lake, N.Y.) M60-29:40.97, Paul Johnson (Fort Smith, Ark.) M65-28:36.68, Carl Acosta (North Hollywood, Calif.) M70-33:31.41 and Peter Corona (Walnut Creek, Calif.) M75-33:31.79.

In the 80m hurdles final, Flo Meiler (Shelburne, Vt.) continued her streak of running faster than the American record in the W70 age division. Unfortunately, the 71-year-old ran a windy time of 17.67 (+3.0) seconds to win. The current American record in the W70 age group is 20.08 seconds set in 1996 by Johnnye Valien. Meiler ran 17.57 at last year's championships in Decatur, Ill.

It was a close race to the finish in the W40 age division as Denise Willard (Mesa, Ariz.) clocked 14.08 seconds edging runner-up finisher, Care Ware (Twin Peaks, Calif.) who finished in 14.17 seconds. Other women's 80m hurdles winners were Darla Atwood (Kenmore, Wash.) W45-14.71, Anna Wlodarczyk (Poland) W50-13.99, Rhona Trott (Canada) W55-16.10 and Barbara Jordan (W65-17.42w). Terri Lowe (Elk Grove, Calif.) won the W35 100m hurdles crown in 24.61.

The men's 100m hurdles champions were Brian McKinley (Boise, Idaho) M50-14.92, Jack Craig (Seattle, Wash.) M55-17.35 and Joe Johnston (Memphis, Tenn.) M60-16.68. Don Drummond (Fresno, Texas) ran 14.34 seconds to win the 110m hurdles M35 division in an exciting finish over runner-up Rod Jett (Sacramento, Calif.) who clocked 14.52. Other 110m hurdles winners include Dexter McCloud (Norcross, Ga.) M40-15.26 and Timothy Mcmahon (Manasquan, N.J.) M45-16.63.

In the women's 2,000m steeplechase, Nicole Lycan (Lawton, Mich.) set a meet record in the W30 age division with a time of 7:05.06. The 31-year-old, Lycan bettered the previous record of 7:51.83 set in 2004. Other women's steeplechase winners include Odette Dunn (Gold River, Calif.) W45-10:43.84, Kathy Ward (Carmichael, Calif.) W50-9:21.69 and Hillen Von Maltzahn (Troy, N.Y.) ran 8:59.60 to better the meet record of 9:40.58 in the W55 age division.

The men's 2,000m steeplechase champions were Larry Norris (Oregon Track Club) M60-8:26.87, Joe Cordero (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) M65-8:55.90, Barry Cook (Australia) M70-9:30.74 and Jim Selby (Fallbrook, Calif.) M75-11:36.75. The 3,000m steeplechase winners include Bob Hardy (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) M30-11:50.65, Christopher Yorges (Eugene, Ore.) M35-10:34.30, Norman Bouthillier (Coventry, R.I.) M40-11:26.70, Steven Kollars (Sacramento, Calif.) M45-11:38.41, James Robinson (Rochester, N.Y.) M50-10:55.80 and Ronald Pate (Hawaii) M55-12:10.56.

The men's pole vault winners were Daniel Holton (Burlingame, Calif.) M35-4.25m/13-11.25, Bernie Miller (San Diego, Calif.) M40-3.95m/12-11.5 and Tom Hintnaus (Hawaii) M45-4.40m/14-5.25.

The men's long jump champions were Oscar Robinson (Boca Raton, Fla.) M30-6.65m/21-10, Henderson Benjamin (Saint Leonard, Md.) M35-5.97m/19-7, Joey Tureaud (Santa Clarita, Calif.) M40-6.31m/20-8.5, William Long (Los Angeles, Calif.) M45-5.80m/19-0.5, Thaddeus Wilson (Oxnard, Calif.) M50-5.35m/17-6.75, Roger Crockett (Glasgow, Va.) M55-4.86m/15-11.5, Edward Jones (Austin, Texas) M60-4.93m/16-2.25, Emil Pawlik (Jackson, Miss.) M65-4.84m/15-10.5, Dick Richards (Encinitas, Calif.) M70-4.97m/16-3.75, James Stookey (Potomac Valley TC) M75-4.24m/13-11, Charles Wilson M80-3.79m/12-5.25 and Hugh Hackett M85-2.02m/6-7.5. Clarence Trahan (Hemet, Calif.) set a M90 age division meet record with a leap of 2.43m/7-11.75.

Thomas Fahey (Chico, Calif.) tied a meet record in the men's discus throw M55 age group. The 57-year-old Fahey tossed 54.16m/177-8 to match the record set in 1998. Tim Shannon (Seattle, Wash.) won the men's (2K) discus throw title in the M40 age division with a toss of 45.98m/150-10. Other discus throw champions were Tim Ciccone (Monroe, N.Y.) M45-38.55m/126-5 and Wayne C. Bartelme (Kula, Hawaii) M35-43.45m/142-6. The (1.5K) discus throw winner was Ralph Fruguglietti (Shafter, Calif.) M50-53.61m/175-10. The (1K) discus throw champions were Paul Economides (Albuquerque, N.M.) M60-52.79m/173-2 and Richard Cochran (Lake St. Louis, Mo.) M65-50.29m/165-0.

Dennis Morris (Covington, La.) won the M45 age group division of the javelin throw with a toss of 50.59m/165-11. The 48-year-old, Morris had the farthest throw by any male in today's javelin throw finals. Other javelin throw winners were Steve Barba (Lakewood, Calif.) M40-47.32m/155-3, Tom Allison (Oregon) M75-30.27m/99-3, Richard Mulkern (St. Petersburg, Fla.) M80-24.24m/79-6, Hugh Hackett M85-15.97m/52-4 and Trent Lane (Baker, La.) M95-17.58m/57-8.

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