2 WRs, 10 American marks highlight Day 1 at USA Masters Champs


Jill Geer
Director of Communications
USA Track & Field

BOSTON - With combined events, distance races and field events leading off the festivities, the first day of the 2008 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships featured two world records, 9 American records and many inspiring performances.

More than 750 athletes, ranging from age 30 to 90-plus, will compete in the Championships. The meet runs through Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center on the campus of Roxbury Community College.

Former Millrose Games champion Oneithea Lewis continues to rewrite age-group records as she makes her way up the age ladder. On Friday she threw 16.28m/53-5 in the W45, 20-pound weight throw to break her own world and American record of 15.97/52-4.75. She wasn't alone in setting records inside the throwing circle, as Gloria Krug of Philadelphia threw an American-record 8.71m/28-7 in the W75 division (12-plus pound weight).

Kay Glynn of Hastings, Iowa, posted a world and American record in the W55 pole vault, clearing 2.92m/9-7 to break her own mark of 2.82m/9-3 set in February.

Ralph Maxwell, the 85-year-old phenom from Alamo, Texas, snared a pair of American records while competing in the pentathlon. He set the American record for his age group, scoring 3,626 points by clearing 1.07m/3-6 in the high jump, jumping 2.80m/9-2.25 in the long jump, throwing 7.29m/23-11 in the 3kg (6.6 pound) shot put, running 15.10 seconds in the 60m hurdles and 7:06.43 in the 1,000m. His time in the hurdles also was an American record.

Massachusetts resident David Schlothauer of Westport annihilated the American record in the M90 weight throw, tossing the 12.194 ball 10.03m/32-11. The previous record of 7.63m/25-0 was set by Leland McPhie at the 2005 USA Masters Championships in Nampa, Idaho. Robert Cahners of Naples, Florida, likewise broke the American record in the M65 weight throw with a mark of 16.93m/55-6.5.

Three listed American records fell in the 3,000m competition. Roy Englert of Springfield, Va., ran 18:46.90 to break the M85 record; Doug Goodhue of Milford, Mich., ran 10:29.75 in M65, and Chad Newton of Pisgah Forest, N.C., ran 8:42.00 in M35.

Top performances in women's 3,000m competition included Kathryn Martin (W55) of Northport, NY, running 10:58.58 and Bernadine Pritchett running a very speedy 10:08.89 in W40. Area athletes winning their age groups were Mary Harada of West Newbury, Mass., in W72 (15:17) and Marge Bellisle of Warren, R.I., in W50.

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