Masters Track Event Features Record-Setters with Ages Over One Hundred
Boston event sees records falling as
seniors extend their athletic abilities; 100-year old
McPhie and lazz great Shaheed also headline indoor champs
Olympian Ed Burke, the US flagbearer at the 1984 Olympics, broke
the world record for men 70-74 three times in the 16-pound
weight throw with a toss of 20.93 meters/68 ft. 8 inches in a
special night session at the USA Masters Indoor Track
Championships in Boston. Photo, info from
March 15, 2014 It has
been a record smashing track the 2014 Masters Indoor Track & Field
Championships in Boston this weekend that has seen top performances by
men and women, some even older than 100.
A world record was set Friday, as
Robert Hewitt (Gresham, Ore.) turned in a score of 4,349 points in the
M80 pentathlon, shattering the previous record by nearly 500 points.
Hewitt bested the field of M70-84 competitors in the long jump (4.00m
1,048 pts) and put forth top-two finishes in the 60mH (11.72 979 pts),
shot put (9.64m 814 pts) and high jump (1.23m 915 pts) to position
himself within striking distance of the record.
Hewitt needed just 123
points to set the new world record and did just that, registering a
5:14.95 finish in the 1,000m for 593 points.
Another new record
was reported for Irene Obera (Freemont, CA) in the 80 age group of the
400 meter but it may have been a mistake, although a great performance
still. Her time of 1:34.25 was slightly of the 1:33.14 clocked last week
in Padua, Italy by Emma Massenga, according to
She is also set to compete in the women's 60m, 200m
and shot put over the next two days. Though she hadn't competed in a
nationals for three years, she said she had so much fun that she
announced her intention to compete in this summer's
July 17-20 outdoor
USA Masters Championships in
Three-time Olympian Ed Burke (Los
Gatos, Calif.) broke the world record in the M70-74 weight throw in a
special evening session at the championships. Burke, the U.S. Flagbearer
at the 1984 Olympics, broke the existing record three times Friday
evening and won the event with his toss of 20.93m/68-8.
I feel like I was cautious because I wasnt used
to throwing from plywood, Burke said. Im very pleased with my result.
To throw a world record three times proper preparation played into it. I
started in November throwing heavy weights and didnt do weight training
but stayed healthy so my body is fit.
Nolan Shaheed (Pasadena, Calif.), 64, was
tremendous in the M60-64 3,000 meters, besting the field by nearly a
minute and crossing in 10:23.42. This is the first of three events for
Boston, competing in the 800m and the mile later in the meet.
Shaheed, in addition to being a world champion masters distance runner,
is a jazz great, playing lead trumpet with Dizzie Gillespie, Stevie
Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Marvin Gaye, and on recent TV
shows including The Emmy's, The Voice, and American Idol. He will
continue competing at the upcoming Budapest World Masters Championships
later this month.
Ore.), 80, set a new American record in the super weight throw
(25 lb), tossing a mark of 9.01m/29-6.75.
a World War II veteran and former San Diego sheriff captain who turned
100 March 10, competed in the men's weight
throw and super weight throw. McPhie (San
Diego, Calif.), a fan favorite at the meet, will also compete in
the men's high jump and shot put on Saturday afternoon. As the first
centenarian ever to compete in the indoor high jump, McPhie would set
the world mark in the event.
Tonight, three-time Olympian
Ed Burke will compete in both the 70-74 men's weight throw and super
weight throw. Burke, the 1984 U.S. flagbearer at the Olympic Games in
Los Angeles, is scheduled to throw.
The meet continues through
Sunday with action beginning at 8:30 a.m. A facility-record 920
competitors are competing in
Boston, including many local stars. The meet, open to the public
and free of charge, is at the Reggie Lewis Track, 1350 Tremont Street.
47 reigning world champions
are competing in
Boston, as well as in
Hungary for the World Masters Indoor Championships. 140 athletes
will represent the U.S. in
Budapest, Hungary beginning Monday, March
Boston meet shows that age is no boundary to fitness and skill,
and acts as a means of achieving lifetime fitness and health.