Ward does it again as four WRs, five ARs fall at USA Masters Indoor Champs


Vicky Oddi
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field

LANDOVER, Md. - Bob Ward set yet anotherAmerican record Saturday at the 2009 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, topping a four-world-record day that also saw five American records at Prince George's Sports and Learning Center in Landover, Md.

Bob Ward (Dallas, Texas) set his second record of the competition in winning the M75 shot put with a heave of 12.42m/40-9, breaking the previous American record of 12.30m/40-4.25 set in 1990 by Ross Carter. Wayne Sabin of the Oregon Track Club was the runner-up with a throw of 10.33m/33-10.75.

At 94-years young, Grace Foster (Tabernacle, N.J.) set a W90 world record in the 60 meters, crossing the finish line in 31.22 seconds. The previous record of 31.82 was set by Ida Keeling in 2008.

The oldest competitor entered this weekend, Leland McPhie set an age-division world record in winning the M95 shot put with a toss of 6.90 meters/22 feet 7.25 inches.

So Cal Strider Myrle Mensey demolished the existing American record in the W60 weight throw with her winning heave of 15.47m/50-9.25. The previous record of 14.04m/46-0 was set in 2002 by Carol Young.

In the women's 400m, Sumi Onodera-Leonard of the So Cal Track Club destroyed the W80 world record, crossing the line in 2:03.80. The previous record of 2:15.67 was set by Carol Peebles in 2004. Local favorite Joan Hunter (Purcellville, Va.) won the W45 400m in an American-record 1:02.09. Her time broke the thirteen-year old record of 1:02.55 set by DeeDee Grafius in 1996.

In the W65 pole vault, Nadine O'Connor broke her own world record with her clearance of 2.90m/9-6.25. Her previous record of 2.89m/9-5.75 was set in 2007.

In the M35 mile, Charlie Kern (Elmhurst, Ill.) won his second event of the competition in style, leading the race wire-to-wire to finish in an American age-division record 4:18.89. It was Klein's second record thus far this weekend and broke Chad Newton's previous record of 4:25.27 from 2008.

The Greater Philadelphia Track Club's W50 4x800m team of Cheryl Bellaire, Wendi Glassman, Mimi Newcomer and Alison Suckling set an age-division American record with their finishing time of 11:13.84. Their winning time decimated the previous record of 12:49.94 set by Liberty AC in 2001.

Alisa Harvey, the world record holder in the W40 mile, won the event in 5:04.02. Harvey went out slow, going through 800m in 2:39.64, in an effort to conserve her energy for the 400m. But made up for it in the second half of the race, with her negative-split 2:24.72 over the final half of the race. Two hours later, Harvey came back and won the W40 400m in 59.05.

For more information and complete results from the 2009 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, visit http://www.usatf.org/events/2009/USAMastersIndoorTFChampionships/. Pictures will be posted in the week following the meet.