Md. - Bob Ward set yet another 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) sethis 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.
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.
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 Klein (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.
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
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.