Donley, Bates set world records at World Masters Championships


Tom Surber
Media Information Manager
USA Track & Field

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Led by the world age-group records of Christel Donley and Christopher Bates, Team USA paced the gold-medal race after Day 2 of the 4th World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships in Kamloops, British Columbia.

The American team, boasting 290 athletes age 35 to 92, collected 30 gold medals and 71 total, compared with host Canada's 24 gold and 71 total. Germany was third with 11 golds and 29 total.

Donley, a Masters Hall of Famer from Colorado Springs, won the W75 pentathlon Monday and set a world record in the event's 60-meter hurdles. Her 14.22-second clocking erased the listed 14.68 worldbest by Sweden's Asta Larsson in 2008. On Tuesday, Bates of Portland, Ore., scored 4,110 points to win the M45 pentathlon, bettering the listed World Masters Athletics record of 4,062 jointly held by Jean-Luc Duez of France and American Gregory Foster. Bates' marks were 9.28 in the 60m hurdles, 6.08m/19-11.50 in the long jump, 11.99m/39-4 in the shot, 1.82m/5-11.50 in the high jump and 3:09.49 in the 1,000m run.

In an M45 semifinal race Monday, Aaron Thigpen of Brentwood, Calif., tied Stan Whitley's listed world and American records in the 60m dash with a time of 7.02 seconds. (An Italian not competing in Kamloops ran a pending 6.97 earlier this year.) On Tuesday, Thigpen won the 60m final in 7.10 seconds. In the M55 age group, 59-year-old Bill Collins of Houston defended his 60m title from 2008 Worlds in Clermont-Ferrand, France, with a time of 7.47 -- which would have taken second in Tuesday's M50 final won by Michael Waller (7.34) of Federal Way, Wash. Brenda Matthews of Anaheim, Calif., and Sullivan Award finalist Phil Raschker of Marietta, Ga., went 1-2 in the W60 age group, with Matthews winning in 9.04 secondsto Raschker's 9.25.

In all, 10 Americans took 60m gold. The others were M35 Alfy Pettes of Omaha (7.00), W35 Dena Birade of Bellingham, Wash. (7.93); M40 Reggie Pendland of Dallas (7.20), M70 James Paddie of Shreveport, La. (8.53); M75 Dick Richards of Encinitas, Calif. (9.33); and W80 Sumi Onodera-Leonard of Huntington Beach, Calif. (13.13).

Other Team USA highlights from the world meet, which runs through Saturday include:

-- Besides Donley and Bates, American champions in the pentathlon were Raschker, W55 Rita Hanscom of San Diego and M55 Bill Murray of Birmingham, Ala., who beat a 12-man field but fell short of his own world record. Murray scored 4,097 points, behind his listed world record of 4,384 set a year ago in Landover, Md.

-- Wayne Sabin of Milwaukie, Ore., and new Masters Hall of Famer Ray Feick of Gilbertsville, Pa., went 1-2 intheM75 discus (held outdoors) with throws of 26.97m/88-6 and 24.14m/79-2.50, respectively.

-- Feick and Sabin went 1-3 in the M75 hammer (also outdoors), throwing 28.18m/92-5 and 25.39m/83-3, respectively.

--- Ken Jansson of Wichita, Kan., and Michael Venning of Cupertino, Calif., went 1-3 in the M50 hammer throw (6-kilogram held outdoors) with throws of 54.25m/178-0 and 50.63m/166-1).

-- Todd Taylor of Molalla, Ore., and Hank Konen of Reno. Nev., went 1-3 in the M60 hammer throw (5-kilogram) with tosses of 50.62m/166-1 and 44.63m/146-5, respectively.

-- Hank Konen of Reno, Nev., and Douglas Watson of Monument, Ore., went 1-2 in the M60 discus with throws of 45.48m/149-2 and 44.05m/144-6.

--- In the 8 km cross country race Monday, American gold medalists were W45 Sheryl Miller of Coralville, Iowa (32:16.60); W55 Kathryn Martin of Northport, N.Y. (32:27.60), M50 David Cannon of Seattle (24:55.50); and M60 Roger Price of Randolph, N.J. (32:02.00).

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