Greetings from the Gray Side:

Results are now posted for the Chuck McMahon Memorial Masters Track and Field 
Meet from Sept. 18-19, a part of the California State Senior Games, held at 
the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.


Despite temperatures in the high 90s, high humidity and sprints/hurdles run 
into a wind, some of the older competitors made masters history at the meet. 
All marks were taken with wind guages and were timed electronically.

Everett Hosack of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, became the oldest one-lap sprinter 
ever by going 400 meters in 3:53.10 at age 98 -- two years older than the 
previous oldest record-holder, Herb King, who did 2:49.4 back in 1992.

Bert Morrow of San Marcos, California, came back from a four-month injury 
layoff to record an 80-meter hurdle time of 25.56 -- not a great time for the 
Banana Man (he used to star in Chiquita TV commercials), but not bad 
considering he now is the oldest hurdler in human history at 87, and he turns 
88 in November.  Bert hurt himself while training over hurdles earlier this 
year when he caught his spikes into an all-weather track in Oceanside, 
Calif., his knees getting bloodied and his face smashed into the hurdle.

The previous oldest hurdler was Karl Trei of Canada, who competed in hurdles 
until age 86.

Johnnye Valien of Los Angeles, California, became perhaps the oldest female 
hurdler on record with her 21.87 in the same 80-meter hurdles, breaking the 
old W75 world age-group record of 27.89 by Rosaline Sole of New Zealand.

Younger oldsters also set a slew of records at ARCO, where many track 
Olympians train between Games:

Leland McPhie of San Diego, California, set a world record for age 86 by high 
jumping 1.11 (3-7 3/4) at age 86, beating the old record of 1.06 by Buell 
Crane in 1986. 

Harry Hawke of San Diego set an American record for age 71 in the 1 kg discus 
wuth a throw of 44.21 (145-0), beating the old record of 140-11 by Arnie 
Gaynor in 1999.

James Stookey of Dickerson, Maryland, set an M70 age group American record in 
the triple jump with his 10.26 (33-8), beating the 9.56 (31-4 1/2) by Tom 
Patsalis in 1992. Stookey also broke the AR for M70 in the 300 hurdles, going 
50.22 to crush the old record of 53.84 by Dan Bulkley in 1987.

Phil Raschker of Marrietta, Georgia, set an age-53 American record in the 
women's 300 hurdles, going 52.61 to shatter the old record of 66.11 by Tami 
Graf in 1989 and nearly clip the world record of 52.04. Phil also broke the 
age-53 world record in the long jump, going 4.76 (15-7 1/2) to beat the old 
record of 4.62 (15-2) set by Una Lund of Australia in 1994. 

Doug Schneebeck (pronounced SHNAY-beck), a 40-year-old from Albuquerque, New 
Mexico, lowered one of the softest records on the books by running the rarely 
contested 42-inch hurdle 110 highs in 17.54 (into a wind), lowering the 
previous age-40 record of 20.6 by Sam Adams in 1971. Masters hurdlers in his 
age group run 39-inch hurdles.  The world record for 110 highs set at 42 
inches remains the otherworldly 14.4 by Don Finlay of Great Britain set back 
in 1949.  The age-41 record for 110 hurdles at 42 inches is 15.0.

Best friends Franklin "Bud" Held and Nadine O'Connor of Del Mar, California, 
made notable marks in an unfamiliar event. Both tried pole vaulting -- Held 
for the first time since 1987 (a one-time shot at the Melbourne WAVA meet, 
where he won) and O'Connor for the first time ever. Nadine, a world-class W55 
sprinter recovering from knee surgery, jumped 2.35 (7-8 1/2) -- only 4 inches 
shy of the world age-58 record held by Becky Sisley of Oregon.  Held, who 
invented the modern javelin in the 1950s, also is recovering from recent knee 
surgery and vaulted 2.65 (8-8 1/4) while holding at 11-6 on a 14-foot pole. 
He says he can beat the world record for age-72 -- the 10-0 mark by Jim 

I'm sure I missed other noteworthy marks, but these were among the best.

Ken Stone

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