– Lisa Valle of Albuquerque, N.M., set the world masters W40
steeplechase record for the second time in two weeks Friday at the 2010
USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the A.G. Spanos
Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State University in
Sacramento, Calif. The event runs through Sunday.
the Championships, many of the world’s best athletes ages 30-96 will
demonstrate speed, power, skill and endurance, showing that age is no
barrier to lifetime fitness and competition. The Spanos Sports Complex
was the site of the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials – Track &
Field, and will play host to the 2011 World Masters Athletics
Championships, July 6-17.
Valle set the W40 world masters 2,000m steeplechase record when she
crossed the finish line in 6:51.92, after setting the previous world
record two weeks ago of 6:52.6. “I had it stuck in my head that I wanted to break my record, so I guess I barely made it,” she said. “I
just tried to stick to my pace and it worked out. I thought I could’ve
broken 6:50, but I’m happy with it here in the heat. It was a good run.”
heat (temperatures in the low 90s) may have affected some competitors,
but not Valle. “I’m from Albuquerque, where I train in 90 degree
weather at 5,000 feet altitude, so I come prepared and it didn’t bother
MacLeod posts 400m world record
women’s 400m finals action, Suzy MacLeod won the W75 age group with her
world record time of 1:25.40, which is faster than the previous listed
world record of 1:27.17 set last year by Margaret Peters of New Zealand. Her
time also bested the previous W75 American record of 1:27.41 set by
Audrey Lary at the 2009 USA Masters Outdoor Championships in Oshkosh,
American Records set in race walk, steeplechase, shot put, 400m
Daniel posted the W50 American 5,000m race walk record with her time of
26:72.0, which bettered the previous listed AR of 26:29.20 by Lynn
Tracy in 2004. All-time masters great Kathryn
Martin set the W55 2,000m steeple record in winning the national title
in that age-group in 8:13.10, which improved upon her own listed AR of
8:23.20 from 2008. Also in the women’s 2,000m
steeple, Cheryl Bellaire won the W50 title in the American record time
of 8:14.35, which far surpasses the previous listed AR of 8:31.15 by
Karen Kunz in 2004. Bellaire also won the W50 age group 400m national title this afternoon with her time of 1:06.77.
men’s steeple action, David Taylor won the M60 2,000m steeplechase with
his AR of 7:21.09, which improved greatly upon the previous listed
record of 7:37.20 by Robert Barber in 2006. Also in men’s action, Ty
Brown won the M65 100m hurdles in the American age group record time of
15.48. Emil Pawlik posted the previous standard of 15.81 in 2005.
women’s field event action, after setting an American hammer throw
record on Thursday, the incredibly versatile Flo Meiler set the W75
American record in the pole vault with her clearance of 1.92m/6-3.50,
which bettered her own AR of 1.90m/6-2.75 from 2009. Also
in the field, Chrystel Donley won the W75 shot put with a toss of
8.21m/26-11.25, which bettered the listed American record of
7.51m/24-7.75 by Gloria Krug from 2007.
Contrasting styles highlight M50 high jump competition
record holder Bruce McBarnette and former world triple jump record
holder Willie Banks staged a fascinating competition in the M50 high
jump, demonstrating that contrasting to popular belief, there is still
more than one way to clear a bar.
Banks and McBarnette were the final two contestants remaining in the competition when the bar was raised to 1.89m/6-2.25. Banks
had two misses before slipping into the pit on his final attempt, which
forced him out of the competition in second place after previously
clearing 1.86m/6-1.25. Banks watched as McBarnette cleared that height on his second attempt in winning his 23rd-career U.S. title.
most interesting part of the competition was the contrasting styles of
the two competitors. Banks, a National Track & Field Hall of Famer
for his prowess in the triple jump, uses a three-step run-up and jumps
using the outdated straddle style, while McBarnette jumps with the
modern day Fosbury Flop, with an extended run-up of 81 feet, 7 inches.
who is an 8-time world masters champion, showed his appreciation for
Banks following the competition. “You don’t see many people who are
using the straddle, and you certainly don’t see anybody using it with
that amount of proficiency,” said McBarnette. “It takes a tremendous
amount of strength to do what Willie is doing and it’s a testament to
him as an athlete that despite using an antiquated technique he still
is able to perform so very, very well.”
who owns the listed M50 AR of 1.93m/6-4, took three unsuccessful
attempts at 1.95m/6-4.75, but was still pleased with his effort.
“Anytime you jump high enough to take a crack at the American record,
that’s a good day,” he said. “I’m particularly pleased because I’m
recovering from plantar fasciitis and I really didn’t know how it would
hold up today, but I was able to perform well and I’m grateful for
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