Sabra Harvey Breaks Decade-Old W60 800m Record

Harvey smashes W60 world record in 800 meters

Wis. – In a remarkable showing of speed and strength, Sabra Harvey of
Houston broke a 10-year-old world record in extremely windy and warm
conditions Saturday at the 2009 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field
Harvey dominated the 800 meters for women age
60-64, running 2:34.66 to shatter the world record of 2:36.95, set in
1999 by Gerda Van Kooten of the Netherlands. As she described to, Harvey started “jogging” nine years ago and only
began competing in masters track and field last year. The graphic
designer turned in an American record of 2:40.56 in the 800 last month,
and on Saturday ran a time that would have left this 38-year-old USATF
correspondent, among many others, trailing behind by several meters.
the sprints, Max Springer of Knoxville, Tenn., set his second M95
American record of the meet, running the 100m in 29.31 seconds. As was
the case when he broke the M95 400m record on Friday, he took the 100m
mark from Everett Hosack, who had run 38.66 nine years ago.
Oregon Track Club’s Becky Sisley also set her second record of the
meet. Fresh off an American record in the W70 80m hurdles on Friday,
Sisley on Saturday broke her age-group record in the javelin with a
toss of 26.09/85-7. In the W75 javelin, Harriett Bloemker set an
American record with a mark of 22.54m/73-11.5
The day saw
several near-records, negated only by too-strong tailwinds. At age 44,
Renee Henderson won the W40 100 meters in 12.10, which was .2 faster
than her own American record but was too windy, with a 2.6
meters-per-second tailwind.
Already a double record-setter at
this meet, Audrey Lary jumped 3.48m/11-5 in the W75 long jump, which
was 5.75 inches better than Leonore McDaniels’ AR, but  Lary’s
assisting wind of 2.1mps was just .1mps over the allowable.
than 1,000 athletes in age groups from 30 to 95 are providing an
extraordinary demonstration of speed, power, skill, and endurance at
the Masters Championships, showing that age is no barrier to lifetime
fitness and competition. Track events will range from 100 meters to
10,000 meters, while field events will include the full range of jumps
and throws.  The meet runs through Sunday.


For complete results from the 2009 USA Masters Outdoor Championships, visit


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