USATF Masters Indoor Championships close, totaling 50 World and American records

USATF Masters Indoor Championships close, totaling 50 World and American records

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ALBUQUERQUE – Stellar performances in the final events of USATF Masters Indoor Championships by athletes across age groups resulted in a combined total of 40 American and 10 World records to add to the history books.

Bob Lida (Wichita, Kansas) of Houston Elite sprinted the W80 200m in a world record setting time of 29.84. Last year’s M75 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year finished a full three seconds ahead of second place to earn his third medal of the weekend. Lida also set an American mark in the 400m (1:13.34) and earned silver in the 60m (9.21) earlier in the weekend.

Distance runner Kathy Martin (Northport, Long Island), in spite of the mile-high altitude, set a second world record in as many days with a W65 800m time of 2:44.35. Martin, in her first year competing in the W65 age group, set either an American or World record in every event she was entered in.

Longstanding champion female thrower Oneithea “Neni” Lewis (Queens, New York) broke the W55 weight throw world mark in 15.22m/49.11 on her third attempt. Also in the field events, 12-time world champion Bruce McBarnette (Sterling, Virginia) earned first place in the M55 high jump at 1.73m/5-08 after a jump off with Peter Hlavin of SC Striders Track Club.

Additional American records today included Jeanne Daprano (W80 800m), Gloria Krug (W85 triple jump), Kathy Bergen (W75 200m) and Southwest Sprinters (W40 4x400m relay). Eric Cole earned the last American record of the meet with a super weight throw of 11.38/ 37-04 in the men’s 45-49 age group. A full list of USATF Masters records to-date can be found here.

In the team competition, the top three men and women combined were So Cal Track Club, Southwest Sprinters Track Club, and Potomac Valley Track Club.

Many of this weekend’s champions and medalists will take part in the World Masters Association Championships in Daegu, South Korea, March 19-26. The next USATF Masters championship will be the 50th annual of the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships, July 13-16, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

USATF returns to Albuquerque Convention Center, March 3-5, for the 2017 USATF Indoor Championships featuring several 2016 Olympians.

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Ashley Mitchell

USATF Marketing & Communications