Will Oshkosh weather dampen McBarnette's record bid?
By Ken Stone on July 9, 2009 1:30 AM | 6 Comments
World champion Bruce McBarnette reports that he raised his own American record
in the M50 high jump in mid-June at a Virginia all-comers meet. In a press release
sent yesterday, he says he cleared 1.92 meters (6-3 1/2) at Major J. Wells track
at Falls Church High School -- his ninth M50 record. Current forecasts show
a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Friday, when Bruce and the other M50s jump
at 11 a.m. But my experience is that rains, if they come, generally dodge nationals.
(The Geezer Gods intercede.) Thunderstorms at 2007 Orono and 2008 Spokane nationals
came at night and merely cooled us off. So let's hope the same holds for Oshkosh.
Meantime, kudos to Bruce. Keep chipping away at that German's world record of
Bruce poses at site of his 1.92 jump, his latest M50 American record.
- Jerry Bookin-Weiner | July 9, 2009 2:23 AM | Reply
Ken, how quickly we forget. The geezer gods had no power whatsoever to stop
the downpours in Charlotte in 2006. Let's hope that doesn't happen again in
- Lonnie Hooker | July 9, 2009 4:51 AM | Reply
Congratulations on setting yet another record. I had no idea that as I was
preparing to run the 200M, that I was watching you set an American Record.
Good luck at Nationals and Worlds.
- Mary Harada | July 9, 2009 5:43 AM | Reply
best wishes to Bruce and everyone else at Oshkosh. Yes we have had bad weather
at other nationals - so who knows what will happen at Oshkosh. High jumping
in the rain does not sound like a good plan to me - nor pole vaulting, hurdling,
throwing metal object etc. Runners can run in the rain - probably not good
And Ken - I read on Carmel's blog that Oshkosh is charging a fee to non- partipants
to watch - a first for me!
I am home on the disabled list and really sorry to miss the show. Just getting
there on the plane is more than my sore hip and back could stand. I am trying
to heal up for Lahti.
I wish all competitors good weather and great performances.
- Linda Carty | July 9, 2009 6:12 AM | Reply
Go take care of business in the high jump Bruce!!!
- Anonymous | July 11, 2009 12:44 PM | Reply
And in Oshkosh 1.93, nice height. And he wiped out one of Zacharias jumps
- Weia Reinboud | July 11, 2009 12:46 PM | Reply
That was me... Too fast clicking.