The same can be said for almost 1000 other participants in the recent USA Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships, held in Landover, Md. in March. Thirteen age-division world records were broken during the three-day event.
Benoit Samuelson, the first womenís Olympic marathon champion (1984), set a U.S. record in the womenís 50-year-old 3000 meters on the first day of competition, winning the race in 10:22.69. Former record-holder Kathryn Martin was second overall (first among the 55-and-over set) in 10:59.36.
Leland McPhie, 95, broke three menís 95-year-old division world marks, in the high jump (.96 meters/3 feet, 1ĺ inches), triple jump (3.81/12 feet, 6 inches) and shot put (6.90/22-7ľ). The oldest athlete in the competition, McPhie also won the menís 95 weight throw (6.57/21-6ĺ).
Sumi Onodera-Leonard set world records in the womenís 80-year-old 800 (4:59.60) and 400 (2:03.80).
Bob Ward set a world mark in the menís 75 weight throw (16.85/55-3Ĺ) plus U.S. age- division records in the shot put (12.42/40-9) and the super weight throw (8.85/29-Ĺ).
Other world record-setters included Jeannie Daprano in the womenís 70-year-old 800 meters (3:09.74), Grace Foster in the womenís 90-year-old 60 meters (31.22), William Murray in the menís 55 pentathlon (4384 points), Emil Pawlik in the menís 70 pentathlon (4316 points), Robert Hewitt in the menís 75 pentathlon (4437 points), Val Barnwell in the menís 50-year-old 60 meters (7.13) and Nadine OíConnor, who broke her own mark in the womenís 65 pole vault (2.90/9-6ľ).
The So Cal Track Club won its fifth consecutive team title with 439 points. The host Potomac Valley Track Club was second (358) while the Philadelphia Masters Track and Field Club finished third (223).