Birthdate: 28 March 1953, Bridgeport, CT
7043 22nd Ave N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117



To plagiarize and paraphrase David Owen from his great book "My Usual Game" on golf (really, even if you hate golf, it is a wonderful book):

"I would now like to describe in minute detail every great moment I have had in track & field - every hurdle, every wind-aided long jump, every relay handoff, every glorious finish line. That's what I would like to do. Instead, I have decided to describe only a small handful of particularly memorable experiences --some good, some bad. Will these experiences be as fascinating to the reader as they are to me? The reader must be the judge. Still, I personally find them so compelling that I don't see why a disinterested but thoughtful outsider shouldn't be spellbound as well. . .I could go on for pages and pages, of course; any trackmeister could. Maybe the thing to do is to post this stuff on the Internet. You could rush home from a great meet and download adjective- filled descriptions of all your wonderful races. I personally wouldn't be interested in reading anyone else's messages, but I would very much enjoy sending my own."


By some fate of fortune, I went to a small high school, small junior college and small college in the Midwest. In a big city school on either coast, it is doubtful whether I would have ever tried out for track & field, or any other sport for that matter. But, in small schools the Coach can't afford to send you home, with or without talent, if you show even a mediocre interest. I was a small school trackster and I knew it, but I had fun anyway. After all (just like in master's track) I could only beat those that showed up and my main competition was myself. I enjoyed improving my times and distances, as much as winning races (well, almost as much). The fact is the outcome of any race or jump was (and remains) a complete mystery to me. I never knew how I was going to finish, whether it was a State Track Meet or an all-comers meet. It was always as much of a surprise to me if I finished well. As a result, I rarely worried about the competition or beating someone. It was always - try and do your best. If there was any thinking going on, it was more about nagging injuries (see below).

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I went to a southeastern South Dakota one room country school for all eight grades, so it took me a while to get the hang of track & field when I got to Freeman (South Dakota) Academy, a small (enrollment less than 75) private Mennonite high school about twenty miles south of our farm. Our graduating class (mostly second, third or fourth cousins) of twenty-two was one of the larger ones.

We couldn't afford to play football, so we had to run cross-country in fall instead. I still detest it. I have the distances ran on each day between 14 Aug-27 Oct. 1970 written down and my legs still cramp up just thinking about it. Anything over one lap around the track is too much, so why run eight (or twelve!). We were sure in shape when basketball season came around, though. We didn't have a track, but there was a dirt oval out of town in one of the farmer's fields, so we generally got our track practice in at track meets, particularly since South Dakota's track season was about six weeks long.

We ran in Class "B", the smallest of the three T&F classes in South Dakota. My uncle was the Coach and, like my college track coach, was pretty much of a weight man. As a result, in both high school and college I learned(?) to run hurdles on my own. On the other hand, I really had a lot of fun without a lot of overtraining pressure. What I did not enjoy was shin splints (Although this was about the only chronic injury I had in HS/College. Ham strings, groin pulls, achilles tendons all came during master's track) which I had with a vengeance all through high school and college, probably from hurdling and practicing sprinting on paved roads. This also tended to limit my practice time. We never lifted weights and did very little stretching or exercises (as I recall, we did far more exercises during basketball season).

I remember I first three stepped (actually you take four steps between each hurdle when you do this) the High Hurdles at the Regional Meet when I was a sophomore, ran 17.5, placed third and actually scored points as we won the Region 7 meet for the first of three consecutive years. The summer after my sophomore year, I ran 55.3 (3rd) in the 440 yd. dash at the Regional Junior Olympics at Black Hills State.

Junior highlights including winning four silver medals at our Regional Meet (which we won) and placing in both high (4th/15.9) and low hurdles (5th/21.3), as well as the 880 yd relay (4th/1:34.5) at the South Dakota State Meet at Black Hills State where Freeman Academy finish in fourth place in Class "B".

Senior highlights included winning four individual (we were limited to four events per meet in South Dakota) events (HH-15.1*, LH-21.0* curve, LJ-21'3"*, 440-52.3) at our Regional meet and setting three meet records*. My classmate Dennis Lehmann and I doubled up in the hurdles and long jump and together we scored 40 points which was almost enough to beat second-place Springfield, which had 41. [Believe it or not: I scored as many points against Springfield playing basketball as I did against them in a track meet - 24]. Other teammates contributed points and we won the Region for the third year in a row.

At the 1971 South Dakota State Meet (Howard Wood Field, Sioux Falls) Dennis and I were the only two scoring competitors for Freeman Academy (one other teammate had qualified for state in the Long Jump, but did not make the finals). Dennis and I each placed in three events. I won the High Hurdles (the offical results have 15.0, but the paper listed 15.2, since I ran 15.0 in the prelims, that is the school record) and Dennis was second. Dennis won the Low Hurdles (20.4) and I was third (20.7) (straight). Dennis was lucky since he got tripped by the second place hurdler at the end of the race and fell (on the cinders ouch, ouch!) across the finish line. Dennis also placed third in the long jump (21' 5.5"), but my 20'8" did not make the final. With his bruises from falling in the Low Hurdles, Dennis did not place in the 880 yd run.

I made the finals of the 440 yd dash and came across the finish line (into a terrific, but typical, South Dakota headwind) tied with a runner from Castlewood. They gave us the same time (52.4) but gave him second and me third. This meant that Castlewood won the Class B State Meet with 27 points, Bridgewater was second with 26 and Dennis and I wound up with 25 for Freeman Academy and third. If I could have found another tenth in the 440, I might have gotten second which would have meant a three-way tie for the State Meet Class "B" Championship! That's about as close as two guys can get to winning a State Meet!

The summer after my Junior and Senior years I also participated in the U.S. Track & Field Junior Champ Invitational at Bowling Green (OH) State University.

My best Freeman Academy (High School) Times and Distances were as follows:

Discus - 102'0"
Triple Jump - 39'8.5"
High Jump 5'8"
Long Jump 21'7" (Set School record, since broken)
Pole Vault 9'4"
100yd Dash 10.6
220 yd Dash 24.2 (880 yd. Relay Split - 23.2)
440 yd Dash 52.3 (Medley Relay Split- 51.9)
880 yd Dash 2:17 (2 Mile Relay Split- 2:12
120 yd HH 15.0 (Still School Record)
180 yd LH 21.0 (curve) / 20.4 (straight)
330 yd IH 42.2 (Set School record)


After Freeman Academy, I attended Freeman Jr. College (S.D.) which was housed in the same set of buildings and graduated after three semesters. I fooled around with track & field as a freshman and since FJC closed in 1986 I guess I will always have the 440 yd Intermediate Hurdles record of 58.8 and the 440 yr. dash record of 53.0 (set at the Southern Invitational Meet, Springfield, S.D. in April(?) 1972). My only other claim to fame as an FJC "Bobcat" trackster was going to South Dakota State University for an inaugural early outdoor (March 1972, which means snow-sleet-rain or all three) Prairie Striders Track Club All-Comer meet and winning the Javelin with a throw of 122-3 because virtually no one else wanted to throw in such miserable conditions. It was a new meet record (until the second year when a really good thrower came along and broke my meet record by nearly a hundred feet!) Even better, since the paper only listed winners I was the very first "event winner" listed, but they called the event the "Javeline"!

I didn't really get going until what was my second semester soph year (although I was actually a Junior) when, in January 1973, I transferred down to Bethel College in N. Newton, KS, a small (500 or so) Mennonite liberal arts college. The track coach said that only the good runners got to go to the few indoor meets in and around Kansas. He must have had a extra seat in the van because I got to go along anyway. Ran a 7.5+ for the 60 Yd. Intermediate Hurdles and second place (and nearly beating our star sprinter) at the Doane Invitational in Nebraska and set a new indoor school record of 53.4 in the 440 yd. dash. (As well as a pathetic new school record of 3:52.4 for the Mile Relay).

We began our outdoor season with a small triangle meet at Southwestern College and Coach put me in the 440 yd Hurdles. I smashed the first hurdle, nailed the second one and by the time I got down the back stretch my hurdling shoe flew off straight up in the air, which meant that I was hitting hurdles with my bare foot. I think I broke three or four hurdles and the Southwestern Coach said they couldn't afford to have me run them any more. But our Coach was amazed that I was still able to break sixty seconds and thought I had some promise. Sure enough, later that year I broke the Bethel College school record and ran 55.3. I also won the Conference 440 yd Hurdles (55.3), placed 5th in the High Hurdles and 2nd in the Mile Relay (3:26.4).

During what would have been my Junior year (1973-74) I spent in West Germany working on chicken farms and driving an egg truck on the Autobahn, all in a desparate attempt to avoid taking another year of classroom German. I ate lots of potatoes and ballooned up to 176 lbs. I missed the Munich Olympics by a year, but got to see the stadium there as well as the one in Berlin.

So of course, when I got back to Bethel for my senior year, Coach makes me run........cross country. Except in College they run five mile courses instead of the two mile courses I had almost forgotten about from high school. We also ran a short indoor season. Coach let me run in the 1975 Kansas Relays (don't recall if Ken Stone was also running then or not) and I ran in the same 440 yd. hurdles heat as Nolan Cromwell, who finished well ahead of me (a 52 I think). However, I later lowered the school and A.C.C.K. meet record in the 440 yr hurdles to 54.6, and at the Doane Relays (Nebraska) also helped set school records in the 480 Shuttle Hurdles (61.6, I think my leg was about 15.6) and the Medley Relay (3:26.8 where I ran a 50.1 440 split).

Bethel had won the Conference Meet the year I was in Germany by two points, led by John Muthama, a Kenyan student who looked about 5'3" and 100 lbs, but ran the heck out of the distance races. We won it again when I was a senior by a more comfortable margin. Muthama's times for our 1995 Conference meet were: 15:13.9 (1st-3 mile); 4:23.3 (1st-mile); 9:35 (1st- Steeplechase); 1:54.2 (1st-880 yd run). Not bad for one day's work! As for me, I had to run prelims and finals of the 440 yd dash (both in 50.2, 3rd in finals); the 440 yd. hurdles, (56.4, 3rd); and a leg on the mile relay (3:28.4, 4th) all on the same day, although not as much of a workout as Muthama.

During my three years of College T&F (I actually lost one year of eligibility because I graduated from college in basically three years), I mostly ran Hurdles and Relays. I wasn't fast enough in the sprints and my shin splints usually ruled out any long jumping.

My best Bethel College Marks were:

440 yd 50.2 (50.1 split in Medley Relay)
indoors 53.4 (School Record, may still be there)
120 yd H. 15.0
440 yd H. 54.6 (School Record, retired "yards" record)
Long Jump 20'7.5" (indoors)
Javelin Around 144 ft.
Medley Relay 3:26.8 (School Record, maybe still be a retired "yards" record)
480 Shuttle Hurdle Relay (61.6 School Record, retired "yards" record)

Bethel College Men's Track & Field Records

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After graduating from Bethel College in 1975 with a B.A. in environmental studies, I moved to Seattle, WA to work with Friends of the Earth (an environmental group where I was director of the Northwest Office until February 1997). I had just moved in when I noticed in the Seattle paper an announcement for a decathlon at the University of Washington. I had always wanted to compete in a decathlon (my uncle had competed in the event at the Kansas Relays while he was at Bethel College back in the 50's), so I figured, what the heck. I showed up on 5 July '75 only to find out that the competition was mostly single event U. of Washington track stars who were also trying out the two-day event for the first time and some of whom where trying to nail the U.S. records for their events in a decathlon. This included Jeff Taylor, a 17'6" pole vaulter; Daryl LaVerdure, a 7' high jumper; Duncan Atwood, a 225' javelin thrower who would later make several Olympic teams; Dan Lloyd, a 50' shot putter who later played football for the New York Giants, well you get the idea. Fourteen started and twelve finished.

I had fooled with the high jump a bit, but had never gone higher than 5'8" with the roll (we couldn't flop in high shool because we didn't have a safe enough landing pit). As I watched LaVerdure practicing his high jump flops, it didn't look that hard. So I asked him what to do. He said start off running toward straight at the bar, make a J turn, lift your knee, bend over the bar and don't forget to lift your feet. I tried it and sure enough, during the competition I made 5'10", an all-time PR up to that point. I also had an all-time PR in the first event, the 100m, which I won in 11.4. Actually, most of my good events were on the first day (four events 662 points or better, including a 21'5.5" long jump which was just an inch and a half off my all-time PR I had jumped as a high school senior. However, I was surprised that a six week layoff had taken nearly three seconds off my (now) 400m time. But I was extremely amazed, after the first day, to be in second place (with 3279 pts.) only 8 points behind first place!

The second day I was sore. Boy was I sore, especially over the high hurdles (16.1 which still produced my overall best individual event score of 739). And I learned why pole vaulters become decathaletes. Because they can score a lot of points. I myself set an all-time PR up to that time in the PV with 9'6" (I could have dunked over the bar!) which was good for a measly 465 points. My discus and javelin was likewise pathetic. But I wound up in third place with 5831 points.

I completed in two more decathlons in 1975 (including second place at the Washington State v. British Columbia Duel Track Meet) and one in 1976. Without a decent pole vault and javelin, I realized that I was unlikely to ever get 6,000 points and I did do another decathlon until 2006, when I took 2nd place in the M50 National Masters Decathlon (Combined Events) Championship in Shoreline, WA:

Harbor Island   WA vs. B.C.     Heavenly Air     All Comers
Decathlon       Duel Track Meet   Decathlon      Decathlon
5-6 July 1975   2-3 Aug. 1975   30-31 Aug. 75    3-4 May 1976
U.W. Stadium    Deming, WA      W. Seattle       U.W. Stadium
Hot both days   Cold/rainy both 1-rainy 2-warm   1-warm 2 rainy
Third Place     Second Place    Second Place     Sixth Place
age: 22         age:22          age:22           age:23

100m. 11.4 710 11.9 601 11.7 643 11.6 665

Long Jump 6.54 723 (18'11") 551 6.47 708 6.47 708
---(21'5.5") (21'2.75")) (21'2.75")

Shot Put 10.51 497 (33'0") 464 10.13 470 9.76 442
---(34'6") (33'2.75"") (32'0.25)

High Jump 1.78 662 (5'10.5") 662 1.73 616 1.83 707
--- (5'10") (5'8"") (6'0")

400m 52.8 687 52.1 716 53.4 663 52.3 707
------------------------------------------------------------- -----------
3279 2994 3100 3229

Second Day

110 m. Hurdles 16.1 739 16.4 712 16.1 739 16.5 703

Discus 29.60 465 (97'10.75") 470 29.88 471 24.44 341
--(97'1") (98'0") (80'2.25")

Pole Vault 2.89 495 (9-9) 519 3.20 587 2.74 448
---(9'6") (10'6"") (9'0")

Javelin 35.50 421 (127-2) 472 41.24 509 35.61 423
---(116'5") (135'44") (116'7.5"

1500m. 4:55.7 432 4:46.0 488 4:50.1 464 4:58.0 419
5831 5655 5870 5563


1978 Ran Cherry Blossom Classic (10 Mile) in Washington D.C. (69:40)

1978 Ran Bay to Breakers*(7.8 Miles) in San Franciso (53:20 /211 place)

* Note: Bay to Breakers is partly a great costume party. I ran through Golden Gate Park abreast of a young lady who was running with an extremely baggy sleeveless top and was having little success, in the absence of a sports bra, of keeping her self together. She finally passed her boyfriend who tossed her a t-shirt. I ran off enjoying other scenery as we headed down to the Pacific.


Quick, can you name a Seattle resident who has been nationally ranked in the top ten in eight different track and field events between 1992-1998? (55m, 110mH, 200m, 400m, 400mH, HJ, LJ, Pentathlon). Or who has been nationally ranked in the top ten in the long jump, indoors and outdoors, since summer of 1991? Or who, in 1994, medaled in eight different track and field events in regional and national championship competition? (100m, 200m, 400m, HJ, LJ, Discus, 400mH, Pentathlon).

Well, of course not! Hey, we're talking Masters Track and Field. Regular track and field is barely a blip, except in Olympic years. Heck, the University of Washington won't even let the track team run the scoreboard clock at Husky stadium. You don't see their Athletic Director showing up for track meets, either.

So what makes me show up to run in track meets? In spring, a middle-aged man's fancy turns to thoughts of . . . masters track, even if we do look funny running around in our underwear.

If you have lovingly read to this point, you are probably a family member and have already forgotten that I grew up in South Dakota where we had about a six week track season and that I won the South Dakota Class B High Hurdles as a high school senior in 1971 (15.0) and was a Conference 440 yd. intermediate hurdle champion (55.3) for Bethel College (KS).

I got serious about track and field again in 1989 when Washington State held the Washington State Games to commemorate its centennial as a state. They held regional meets (with a 26- 39 age group!) with only the winners advancing to the State Games. I thought I might have a chance in the 400m depending on who showed up, so while I was waiting for the event to start, I went over to check out the high jump. There was one other guy entered and I asked him how high he planned to jump. He said six feet. Well, that was my PR when I was 23. But I needed something to do and we haved at it. I made what turned out to be a measured 5'11.75" and he didn't, so I won the High Jump and didn't win the 4OOm. So all of a sudden I was a high jumper at the Washington State Games (where I got 3rd and high jumped against Lee Braach who had also jumped at the 1971 National Junior Champ meet at Bowling Green (OH) State University that I attended.) It pays to be versatile (and flexible!).

I attended my first major masters Meet in 1992 when the National Masters Track & Field Championships came to Spokane, WA. Competing in the M35 age division, I took 1st in the 400 Meter Hurdles, 2nd in the High Jump, and 4th in the Long Jump. In 1994, in the M40 age group, I won the Pentathlon, and placed 2nd in the 400 Meter Hurdles, 4th in the Long Jump and 5th in the High Jump at the National Masters meet in Eugene, OR.

Since turning 40, I have posted times of 11.76 /100m, 23.42 /200m, 52.9 /400m, 57.2 /400mH, 4:39.90p /1500m as well as 6.10 /Long Jump, 5'10" /High Jump.

* In '92, '93, '94, '95, '96 medaled a total of twenty- eight times in nine different track and field events at Regional, National or World Regional Masters championships.

* At the '92, '93, '94, '96 UST&F National Masters Championships, medaled eight times in four different events, including two National Masters age group Championship first places in the 400m Hurdles ('92) and Pentathlon ('94).

* Medaled in two of the most grueling events (Pentathlon -3rd and 400m Hurdles -2nd) at '93 Nationall Masters Meet in Provo, UT and (Pentathlon -1st and 400m Hurdles -2nd) at '94 National Masters Meet in Eugene, OR.

* Set three Regional Masters Track and Field Records: 400m Hurdles (58.11) and High Jump (1.78) at SW Regional Masters meet in Gonsales, LA ('93) and 400m Hurdles (59.9h) at NW Regional Masters Meet in Tacoma, WA ('94).

* Won the Howard Wood Relays Masters 200m (23.42) in 1993 in Sioux Falls South Dakota. [NOTE: I had asked someone to check out what masters race would be run at this meet and I was assured it would be the 400m. I particularly wanted to run the 400m and see if I could break 52.4, which had been my 440 yd time at the state track meet on this same track. This is where I received the same time, but was given third place rather than second which cost Freeman Academy a share of the Class B state championship (see above). However, after I bought my plane ticket I found out that they were running the 200m not 400m and they wouldn't let me run in an empty lane in one of the open heats! In any event, it was 42 degrees, a howling wind, nobody in the stands, except my parents and my brother, but with the eighth lane and a good tail- wind I won the masters 200 (40-59) in 23.42.]

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BEST Sub-Masters/Masters Marks by Year

100m (Best Open time: 11.4h (Decathalon 1975-22))

1989   1990     1991     1992    1993     1994    1995   1996

11.9h    12.1h   11.7h    11.93    11.76    12.09   11.89  11.7h
200m  (Best Open time: 24.2 in high school)
24.1h    24.8h   24.3h    24.1h    23.42w   23.96p  24.22  24.46
400m  (Best Open time: 50.2 (440y)  1975-22) (1984 (31) 53.8h)
53.1h   53.64    52.82     53.31    52.9h   54.0h   53.29  53.9h
800m   (Best Open time: didn't have one)
2:19.5   2:36.8  2:12.6  2:13.3   2:11.2  2:13.2  2:23.4  2:19.4
1500m  (Best Open Time:  didn't have one  5:03 mile 
 4:51.4     -       -       -      4:55.3p 4:39.9p   -       -
3000m           11:56.8
5000m           20:24.9
8K              33:56.0
Goodwill Games 
Marathon 1990   3:40:0

[NOTE: I always had wanted to run a marathon but didn't want to run a "podunk" one. So when the Russians came to the Goodwill Games in Seattle in 1990 it was a good international meet (no masters events though). But they did open up the Marathon to the public. So I spent some time working out, then ran the sucker on the hottest day of the year in Seattle 97 degrees. The women ran the Marathon the next day (Sunday) and it was nearly as hot. Of course, we had a marine cold front move in on Monday and Tuesday and I was in Huskey Stadium (U.W.) watching the decathlon with Dan O'Brian and Davie Johnson and at 1:00 p.m. I could see my breath! Bad weather planning all around.]

1989   1990    1991     1992     1993     1994   1995   1996

110mH (best time 15.0 39" - 15.0 42")
39"                              16.5h          16.86 16.29
400mH (best time: 54.6 440 yd H)
 ----   ---   58.6h    58.71    57.2h    58.49  60.74  58.30
Long Jump  (6.57  21'7")
5.54      5.73    6.20     6.14     6.08      6.10p   5.93  5.86
High Jump  1.82 (6'0")
1.82      1.78    1.80     1.80     1.78      1.72    1.70  1.70
  -       91'11"    -      27.64    28.78p    26.92   -     -
-           -      37.84    36.20   35.00p     37.94p    -     -
                                     3214     3242      -     - 
                                     1989     1995
                                     Tables   Tables

1993 Pentathlon (National Masters Meet, Provo, UT)
-3214- Actual marks with 1989 Age Graded Taables
Tied for 3rd
LJ            JT          200M       DT          1500m
 5.82  716   35.00  471   23.91 857  28.78  503   5:02.44 667

1994 Pentathlon (National Masters Meet, Eugene, OR)
-3242- Actual marks with 1995 Age Graded Taables
 6.10  783   37.94  513   23.96 810  24.64  360   4:39.90 776

p=pentathlon w=wind-aided

INDOOR RESULTS (March Birthday)

(all at U. of Washington) 

1989-90  1990-91 1991-92  1992-93  1993-94   1994-95  1995-96
55m -        -      7.12     7.09     7.15     7.21    7.19
400m                54.2     54.5      55.5    56.5    56.8
HJ                  1.80     1.78      1.73     -       -
LJ                  6.05     5.72      6.04    5.83    5.80

(Cont.) INDOOR RESULTS (March Birthday)

(all at U. of Washington) 

60m   7.78
400m  57.5
HJ     1.74
LJ     5.90


1992                    1993                    1994

     NATIONALS    SW Regionals  NATIONALS   NW Regionals  NATIONALS
     Spokane, WA  Gonsales, LA  Provo, UT   Tacoma, WA    Eugene, OR
       (M35-39)    (M40-44)      (M40-44)    (M40-44)      (M40-44)

400m Hurdles 1          1MR*            2               1MR*            2

Pentathlon                                      3                               1

Long Jump                       1               3           2

High Jump       2               1MR*                            2

400m                                                            1

200m                            3                               2

100m                            2                               3

Discus                                                  3



      1995                          1996
      NW Regionals     WAVA        NATIONALS            WAVA World Regional
      Tacoma, WA       World       Spokane, WA          Eugene, OR
                       Buffalo, NY
      (M40-44)         (M40-44)      (M40-44)           (M40-44)

400mH       1MR            #                    2               2

Long Jump  -             13t            4               3

High Jump  -             14t            5               3

400m       1             -              -               -                                    

200m       2             -              ##              #            

100m       2             -              -               -                        

110mH      -             8              4               1

MR=Meet Record
#7th fastest time in pre/semis, did not make finals due to 
## 16 fastest time in prelimins, scratched semis.


         1997            1998        1998               1998
        NW Regionals  NW Regionals  Nationals  WORLD MASTERS GAMES
        Seattle, WA     Eugene, OR  Orono, ME    Eugene, OR
         (M40-44)        (M45-49)    (M45-49)      (M45-49)

400m Hurdle   1                 1MR          2           1

Long Jump     3                1           3           -

High Jump     2                1           -           2

400m          1                1           -           -

200m          3                1           -           -

100m          3                1           -           -

110mH         3                2           1           - 

Hammer        1                -           -           -

Pentathalon   -               -            2           2
[MR=Meet Record]


The National Master News also compiles U.S. Masters Outdoor and Indoor Rankings by five year age groups (e.g. M35-39, M40-44)

* I was ranked among the top ten U.S. (in age group) nationally in eight different indoor and outdoor track and field events between 1991 and 1998.

* I was ranked 1st nationally in the Pentathlon (M40-44) in 1994 and fifth overall amongst all Pentathlon competitors based on age-graded scoring.

* With the exception of the outdoor 1995 season, I was ranked in top ten nationally (in age group) indoors and outdoors in the long jump between 1991-95 (highest ranking: 2nd Indoors in 1994).

* In 1998, I was ranked (M45-49) in the top five nationally in the 400mH (1), 110mH (1t), Pentathlon (1), Long Jump (2) and 400m (5).

* Also in 1998, based on a compilation of masters trak and field meets from around the world, for (M45-49) I ranked 2nd in the world in the 400mH, 4th in the Long Jump and 4th in the Pentathlon.

* In 1999, I was ranked 1st nationally (M45)in the Indoor High Jump and 2nd in the Long Jump.

       1991           1992                 1993               1994
      Outdoor    Indoor / Outdoor   Indoor / Outdoor   Indoor / Outdoor 
      (M35-39)      (M35-39)       (M35-39) (M40-44)       (M40-44)

55m                 -                   10                  -

Pentathlon                -                    2t                  1

110mH                           -                    8t                  -

440mH      3              3                          4                   2

High Jump                         6               7t     7             8     5

Long Jump  6        4t    8                 4      7             2     9

200m                      -                    -                   10

400m                      10                   8                   9t


          1995                       1996
        Indoor / Outdoor        Indoor / Outdoor
            (M40-44)              (M40-44)

55m             25                              18   

110mH                   11                              6

400mH                   7                               2

High Jump       -       19t                     -       17t

Long Jump       6       14                      8       14

100m                    41t                             33

200m                    32                              36

400m            23      21                      20      24


               Indoor / Outdoor    

60m                     8                

110mH                           1t       

400mH                           1          

High Jump               1       7t           

Long Jump               2       2       

100m                            23

200m                            13

400m                    11      5

Pentathlon                      1


Amazingly the shin splints that drove me to dispare during high school and college disappeared during master's track. Of course, I was only running the 400m Hurdles and not High Hurdles. The first time I tried the High Hurdles in 1992 on a hard track I got a bad immediate case of shin splints from which I recovered enough to limp through the National Masters meet in Spokane, WA. In 1993 it was groin pulls from throwing discus and javelin in the Pentathlon which made the National Masters meet in Provo, UT interesting. Shortly before the 1994 National Masters Meet in Eugune, OR I had a bicycle accident and banged up my wrist. In 1995, well before the World Meet in Buffalo I developed a nerve impingement in my left foot, which got marginally better in 1996. However, an effort to try orthodontics merely resulted in a severe case of plantar fasciitis. I'm wondering how much orthodontics simply causes other problems to pop up. Up until the last couple of years, I never had to withdraw from a meet because of an injury or sickness (maybe I should have!). But those days are long passed. I've had to abandon the second day of the Hayward Classic in Eugene two years in a row. At WMA Puerto Rico 2003, I went with an injured with a groin strain, but decided to try the High Jump anyway. I got a severe calf cramp on my first attempt due to improper warmups after Tropical Storm Claudette postponed the event for an hour. That turned out to be my only event ($100/centimeter).

What is most frustrating is that these are all new types of injuries. And my health care denier (who will go nameless) is not particularly sympathetic about referrals for sports injuries. "You did this how? Why don't you stop doing it?" In summary, I know diddly about most sport injuries except that they are happening to me at a greater and more painful rate.


The volunteers, timers and officials who faithfully come out to help run track and field events deserve a big round of thanks. You have to stay pretty agile to dodge javelins, shot puts and discuses.

WAIT! I really must know more about Masters Track & Field

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