Raschker, Shaheed lead
U.S. efforts at World Masters Indoor Champs
Contact: Tom Surber
Media Information Manager
USA Track & Field
KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- Paced
by Phil Raschker's 10-medal performance and inspired by Nolan Shaheed's
near-record 1,500m victory, Team USA topped the final medal charts
Saturday and swept to nine relay titles at the 4th World Masters
Indoor Athletics Championships.
American athletes won
326 medals -- 146 gold, 99 silver and 81 bronze. Canada took a total
of 281 (97 gold), and Germany won 115 (48 gold). But the hosts could
boast perhaps the meet's outstanding performer in W90 Olga Kotelko
of West Vancouver, British Columbia, who set eight world records
while winning 10 gold medals.
M55 Bill Collins of Houston,
like Raschker a former IAAF World Masters Athlete of the Year, completed
his quest for a rare triple-triple. Now 59, he won the 400m dash
on the unbanked 200m oval at the Tournament Capital Centre in 56.06
to go with his 60m and 200m titles. He pulled off the 60m-200m-400m
trifecta at the 2006 and 2008 World Indoor championships as well
-- all in the same age group.
Raschker, a tax accountant
from Marietta, Ga., finished the meet with seven golds, two silvers
and one bronze in the W60 age group. Saturday, she won the 400m
in 75.60 seconds. Then she anchored her 4x200m team with a 30.8-clocking
Shaheed, a jazz trumpeter
from Pasadena, Calif., led an American sweep in the metric mile,
clocking 4:36.92 to barely miss the listed M60 world indoor record
of 4:36.52. Also medaling were Gary Patton of Rock Rapids, Iowa,
and Jim Sheehan of Ham Lake, Minn., with 5:06.21 and 5:06.68, respectively.
But 92-year-old Orville
Rogers of Dallas, the oldest member of Team USA, won his 1,500m
in 10:11.48, demolishing the listed M90 American record of 14:34.2
by Herb Kirk in 1987. It was Rogers' second American record of this
meet, after clocking an age-group best 22:57.41 Thursday in the
a lawyer and actor from Sterling, Va., led a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the
M50 high jump. McBarnette needed only three jumps to secure his
latest world title, winning at 1.85m/6-0.75. After him, came Mark
Williamson of Durham, N.C., 1.80m/5-10.75; Brian Hankerson of Hollywood,
Fla., 1.75m/5-8.75; and Peter Hlavin of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.,
Other American high jump
champions Saturday were M65 Joe Johnston of Apopka, Fla., 1.50m/4-11;
and M80 Jerry Donley of Colorado Springs, 1.05m/3-5.25. Team USA
supplied three triple jump champions: M45 David McFadgen of Hampton,
Ga., 13.64m/44-9; M50 Hankerson; and M75 Robert Hewitt of Gresham,
Besides Raschker, American
women taking 400m gold were W35 Latrica Dendy of New York City (57.42),
W40 Lisa Daley of White Plains, N.Y. (60.01), W70 Jeanne Daprano
of Fayetteville, Ga. (1:28.37) and W80 Sumi Onodera-Leonard of Huntington
Beach, Calif. (2:28.23).
Among the men, M50 Michael
Waller of Federal Way, Wash., also completed the sprint triple by
winning the 400m in 54.40, followed by James Chinn of Oceanside,
Calif., in 54.73. In Collins' M55 race, silver and bronze went to
Archie Glaspy of Basking Ridge, N.J. (57.84) and George Haywood
of Washington, D.C. (58.28).
Other U.S. gold medalists
in the 400m were M65 Roger Pierce of Essex, Mass. (61.22) and M75
William Clark of Sicklerville, N.J. (1:27.74).
Besides Shaheed and Rogers,
Americans mining 1,500m gold were W35 Andi Camp of Portland, Ore.
(4:48.51), W55 Kathryn Martin of Northport, N.Y. (5:24.34) for her
fourth distance title of the meet, W70 Daprano, also four golds
(7:36.38), M40 Nicholas Berra of Enola, Pa. (4:12.23), M50 David
Cannon Seattle (4:19.87), M55 Stephen Chantry of Williamsburg, Va.
(4:36.58), and M70 Sid Howard of New York City (5:42.06).
Weight throw world champions
Saturday included M50 Ken Jansson of Wichita, 19.96m/65-6; M55 Timothy
Muller of Scottsdale, Ariz., 15.25m/50-0.75; M60 Hank Konen of Reno,
Nev.,18.66m/61-2.75; M65 Robert Cahners of Naples, Fla., 17.89m/58-8.50;
M75 Ray Feick of Gilbertsville, Pa. (his fourth gold medal), 11.43m/37-6;
and M80 Gerald Wojcik of Eugene, Ore., 13.09m/42-11.50.
Team USA had a single
half-marathon gold medalist: M45 Don Young of Port Townsend, Wash.,
USA Team Manager Phil
Greenwald of New York, who also timed splits, organized the 4x200
relay teams, sometimes dropping older sprinters down to a younger
These were the American
W45 Sarah Lawson, Gail
Kuhnly, Liz Palmer and Joy Upshaw-Margerum (1:55.79). Top split:
26.8 by Upshaw-Margerum.
W40 Marjorie Milligan
Jackson, Susan Wiemer, Marylin Roux and Lisa Daley (1:51.14). Top
split: 25.9 by Daley.
W35 Isabelle Dierauer,
Latashia Key, Andi Camp and Latrica Dendy (1:56.08). Top split:
26.0 by Dendy.
M60 Vance Jacobson, Robert
Baker, Nolan Shaheed and Roger Pierce (1:53.35). Top split: 26.8
M55 Archie Glaspy, Leo
Sanders, George Haywood and Bill Collins (1:46.96). Top split: 25.9
M50 Michael Waller, James
Chinn, Kenneth Thomas and Tony Di Salvo (1:39.38). Top split: 24.4
M45 Ben James, James
Roberson, Gregory Foster and Michael Wolfe (1:43.58). Top split:
25.4 by Ben James.
M40 David Jones, Don
Drummond, Marcus Shute and Robert Thomas (1:36.00). Top split: 22.9
M35 Andrew Hogue, Cletus
Coffey, Blair DeSio and Daniel Murdock (1:37.61). Top split: 23.9
For complete results,
Team USA home: http://www.usatf.org/events/2010/WorldMastersAthleticsChampionshipsIndoor/
Contact: Bob Weiner,
Chair, USATF Masters Media Committee 202-306-1200 firstname.lastname@example.org
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