INDIANAPOLIS - More than 800 athletes from around the country, including 47 gold medalists from the recently completed World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in Kamloops, BC Canada, will compete March 26-28 at the 2010 USA National Masters Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston, Mass.
One of the best USA Masters Indoor Championship fields ever assembled will compete at the Reggie Lewis Track in Boston for the 13th time since 1975. The expansive entry list (ages 30-96) is headlined by National Track & Field Hall of Famer and former men's world triple jump record holder Willie Banks of Carlsbad, Calif., who will be competing in a masters indoor event for the first time.
A two-time Olympian (1984, '88), who held the world record in the triple jump for 10 years (17.97 meters/58 feet 11.50 inches) and set the American record on seven separate occasions, Banks, 54, won the silver medal at the inaugural IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Banks will compete in the high jump in Boston where he'll face current World Champion and American record holder Bruce McBarnette.
Also entered: Two-time Sullivan Award Finalist, Philippa Raschker, 63, is entered in ten events and set to assault the listed world and U.S. age-group records in each. Raschker, of Marietta Ga., was the first-ever masters athlete in any sport to be a Finalist -- one of the top five athletes-- for the Sullivan Award for America's top amateur athlete and she's done it twice - other finalists included Lebron James, Apolo Anton Ohno, Michael Phelps, and Tim Tebow. Raschker has set more than 200 U.S. and world masters track and field records during her career. She won seven gold medals at the World Indoor Championships in Kamloops, plus two silvers and a bronze.
Other stars entered: Nolan Shaheed, acclaimed jazz musician/trumpeter who's played with Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, Anita Baker and Natalie Cole - and in January set a new indoor world record in the M60 mile; and Kathryn Martin, (W55), a BENGAY Athlete of the Year and Nike TV ad star who won gold in four distance races at Kamloops.
More than 800 top competitors ages 30 to 90+ are entered in the meet. Finals are 3-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. -2 p.m. Sunday. Spectators are free.
Olympians entered to compete in Boston include:
Lorna Forde, 57, of New York. A 1970s Long Island University star and Penn Relays "Wall of Famer," she ran for Barbados in the 1972 Olympics (4x400m relay) and 1976 Olympics (100m and 400m). In 1977, she set a world indoor record of 53.8 seconds for the 440-yard dash in College Park, Md. In 1978, she set a world indoor record for 1:10.5 for 500 meters at the Dartmouth Relays. She went on to become a respiratory therapist at the Brooklyn Hospital Center.
Patricia "Trish" Porter, 47, of Albuquerque, N.M. A former Oregon standout, she cleared 1.84 meters/6-0 feet .50 inch at the 1988 Olympics, competing as Patricia Morley King. Her all-time best is 1.96m/6-5. A four-time masters world champion and W40 world record holder (1.76/5-9.25), Porter is the mother of two and author of the recently published book, "Rekindle Your Dreams."
Christopher Faulknor of Jamaica, M45, entered in dashes. Member of Jamaica's 4x100 team at the Seoul Olympics (1988).
Top New England entrants at Boston include:
M50 Everad Samuels of Boston (60m, 200m).National champion and listed world record holder in the M50 outdoor 200m (22.53 seconds).
M65 Roger Pierce of Essex, Mass (60m, 200m, 400m). Holds many national and world masters titles. In 2008 was inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame.
W70 Barbara Jordan of South Burlington, Vt. (60m, 60m hurdles, long jump, triple jump). Holds many national titles and American records. In 2005 was inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame.
W75 Mary Harada of West Newbury, Mass. (mile, 3,000m). Has won many national titles and several world and American distance records. In 2009 was inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame.
W75 Flo Meilerof Shelbourne, Vt.(60m, 60m hurdles, 200m, high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, shot put, weight throw, pentathlon). Pole vault and hurdle specialist credited with many American records and two world records in the pole vault.Other stars to watch from around the country:
W40 Aeron Arlin-Genet, San Luis Obispo, Calif., unofficially has broken the listed W40 outdoor record for 1,500 (FAT timing), won the invitational masters 1,500 at the 2009 open nationals in Eugene,and won the Hartshorne Mile in January 2010. Will be making her debut at a masters indoor or outdoor national championship. Aeron, who was a star at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, still lives in California and will be running the 800m at Boston.
W45 Renee Henderson of Merchantville, N.J. This season she setan American record in the 60m (7.89) and world indoor record in the 200m (25.47). World champion at Lahti worlds in the 100m and 200m, where she set an American record in the 200m.
M45 David O'Meara of Sarasota, Fla. Famed for running dozens of sub-5-minute miles in national road-race journeys in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, his 27-mile runs totaled under 2 hours, 11 minutes. He's the author of several books, the latest being "Creating Amazement: The O'Meara Process at Work."
M50 Bruce McBarnette of Sterling, Va. Recently inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame at the young age of 52. High jump specialist (a Fosbury flopper) with an all-time best of 2.16m/71. Owns eight world masters titles including Kamloops and 21 USA national masters championships. Had a 2009 best of 1.93m/6-4), best in the world and an American record. One of world's best masters jumpers in history. Lawyer, professional actor, philanthropist.
M55 Bill Collins of Houston. World record holder at 100m and 200m in various age groups, he won the world masters indoor triple (60m-200m-400m) for the third time at Kamloops. He's a former IAAF World Masters Athlete of the Year.
W55 Rita Hanscom of San Diego. Was the 2009 IAAF World Masters Athlete of the Year after winning five gold medals and setting a world record in the heptathlon at the August 2009 world masters meet in Lahti, Finland. She added five medals (three gold) at Kamloops.
M65 Don Neidig of Las Cruces, N.M. Retired astrophysics professor set world indoor records this year in the 60m (7.98) and 200m (25.54). W70 Kathy Bergen of La Canada, Calif. This season, the Masters Hall of Famer has set world records in the 60m (9.29) and high jump (1.29m/ 4-2.75).
W 75 Audrey Lary, of Frederick, Maryland, broke the superweight (American) and 400m (world)records last Saturday in the same meet. At Senior Games in California last year Audrey crushed the world mark in the 400m for W75 by running 1:25.50, unofficial because meet was unsanctioned.
Oldest entrants are M95 Leland McPhie (96) of San Diego and Frank Levine of suburban Philadelphia, who between them are entered in 10 separate events. The oldest woman is Masters Hall of Famer Betty Jarvis, 94, of Aberdeen, N.C.,entered in the shot put, weight throw and superweight (20-pound) throw -- events in which she holds many records.
2010 World Masters Indoor Championships gold medalists (33 men, 14 women): The events they will compete in at Boston are listed.
M35 Alfy Pettes (60, 200, LJ)M40
Nicholas Berra (800, mile)M40
Don Drummond (60, 60 hurdles)
M40 Robert Thomas (200, 400)
M45 Francis Burdett (mile, 3000)
M45 Aaron Thigpen (60, 200)
M50 David Cannon (800, mile, 3000)
M50 Kenneth Eaton (60, 60 hurdles)
M50 Brian Hankerson (high jump, long jump, triple jump)
M50 Ken Jansson (weight throw)
M50 Jeff Lindsay (800)
M50 Bruce McBarnette (high jump)
M55 Kirk Bentz (high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault)
M55 James Broun (60 hurdles)
M55 Stephen Chantry (800, mile, 3000)
M55 Bill Collins (60, 200, 400)
M55 William Murray (60 hurdles, high jump, long jump, pentathlon)
M60 Frederick Johnston (60 hurdles)
M60 Roger Price (mile, 3000)
M60 Nolan Shaheed (400, 800, mile, 3000)
M65 Howard Booth (long jump, pole vault)
M65 Robert Cahners (weight throw, superweight throw)
M65 Joe Johnston (60 hurdles, 200, high jump, pole vault, triple jump)
M65 Roger Pierce (60, 200, 400)
M70 Sid Howard (800, mile)
M75 William Clark (60, 60 hurdles, 200, 400)
M75 Ray Feick (shot put, weight throw, superweight throw)
M75 Dick Richards (60, long jump)
M80 William Daprano (60 hurdles, long jump, pole vault)
M80 Jerry Donley (high jump, pole vault)
M80 Gerald Wojcik (shot put, weight throw, superweight throw)
M80 John Starr (3000 racewalk)
M90 Orville Rogers (60, 200, 400, 800, mile, 3000)
W35 Helen Croskell (pole vault)
W35 Latrica Dendy (60, 200, 400)
W40 Lisa Daley (60, 200, 400)
W45 Sheryl Miller (mile, 3000)
W45 Patricia Porter (high jump)
W50 Julie Hayden (400, 800)
W55 Rita Hanscom (60, 60 hurdles, 200, 400, high jump, long jump, pole vault, shot put)
W55 Kathryn Martin (800, mile, 3000)
W60 Phil Raschker (60, 60 hurdles, 200, 400, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault)
W70 Jeanne Daprano (200, 400, 800, mile)
W70 Mary Harada (mile, 3000)
W70 Mary Roman (60, 200, shot put, weight throw, superweight throw)
W75 Christel Donley (60 hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put)
W80 Sumi Onodera-Leonard (60, 200, 400, 800)
Meet schedule and details of entrants: http://www.usatf.org/events/2010/USAMastersIndoorTFChampionships/index.asp
Media Contact onsite and for athlete interviews: Bob Weiner, USA Masters Media Chair 202-306-1200 or 301-283-0821 email@example.com