NEARLY 900 AT USA MASTERS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS IN AMES TO INCLUDE WORLD AND COUNTRY’S BEST AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY July 11-14
Public and Media Welcome to Cheer Athletes 30-96 As They Display Lifetime Fitness and Health at ISU Cyclone Sports Complex, 1022 Welch Ave. Ames IA 50011
MEN AND WOMEN AGES 30 TO 96 SEEK WORLD RECORDS AT USA NATIONAL MASTERS OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP
The USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set for Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, Thursday through Sunday, July 11-14.
Almost 900 of the world’s best athletes age 30 and up compete in Ames. Participants include Olympians, world record holders, national champions – and perhaps your neighbors, as 37 athletes are from Iowa, 16 from the Ames-Des Moines area. (For a list of Iowa / Ames-Des Moines-area athletes, see https://tinyurl.com/y5bf9566)
Iowa masters include Kay Glynn, 66, from Hastings, IA, and Gary Patton, 73, of Rocky Rapids, IA. Glynn is a returning national champion and American record holder in the pole vault, and Patton is a 2017 USATF Masters Hall of Fame inductee and current world record holder in the M70 mile in 5.29.8.
Among the stars at the meet are 116 returning (reigning) outdoor USATF National champions and 92 participants in the recent Indoor World Masters Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland, where Team USATF Masters won 62 gold medals, finishing 2nd on the medal table.
Oldest competitors are Roy Englert, 96, of Springfield, VA, and Thelma Wilson, 89, of New York, NY. Englert competes at 5000m and 800m and holds numerous World and USA indoor / outdoor records in distances from 800 meters to 1500 meters. He hopes to set a world record for 5000 meters at the meet this week Wilson competes at 100-meter and 200-meter and has won countless races in her age group.
Among other oldest competitors:
From Iowa, the oldest woman and man:
Also competing are three World Masters Association (WMA) Athletes of the Year:
In addition, other top world athletes include: Derek Pye, M51, Lakewood CA; Neringa Jakstiene, W55, Memphis TN; Carol Finsrud, W62, Lockhart TX; Olympian and world record holder in the triple jump Willie Banks, M63, San Diego CA; Ralph Fruguglietti, M64, Bakersfield CA; Quenton (Doug) Torbert, M67, Redlands CA; Damien Leake, M68, Van Nuys CA; Myrle Mensey, W70, St. Louis MO; and Kathy Bergen, W79, La Canada CA.
**All athletes are subject to drug testing by the United States Anti-Doping Agency
About USATF Masters:
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF Masters encompasses its over-30 division whose competitors exemplify lifelong fitness and competition. Visit the USATF website for more information at www.usatf.org
Robert Weiner; MTF Championships Media Director
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