Ninetysomethings Milliman, Platts, W70 Gerl highlight Hayward Classic with WRs

Colleen Milliman, shown at last year's Hayward Masters Classic, added to her middle-distance legend.Colleen Milliman, shown at last year's Hayward Masters Classic, added to her middle-distance legend.

Sharon Gerl also is a star triathlete.

Sharon Gerl also is a star triathlete. Photo via Facebook

Three months ago, KVAL-TV in Eugene, Oregon, did a story on Tracktown Fitness, a free program that trains at Hayward Field. It noted W90 mile record-holder Colleen Milliman, who told of her goal to set a WR in the 800 at the Hayward Classic. Well, there she goes again. Last weekend, at 91, she crushed the listed WR of 6:57.56 by fellow Yank Betty Lindberg in 2016. Colleen clocked an amazing 5:44.50 — more than a minute faster but more in line with the age curve. The WR party continued with W70 Sharon Gerl of the Oregon Track Club running a mile in 6:38.30 and bettering the listed WR of 6:47.91 by the legendary Jeanne Daprano in 2007. And M90 William Platts threw the javelin a 28.56 meters (93-8) to improve the listed WR of23.87 by Finland’s Helge Lönnroth. Meet organizers also credit an America W40 record in the 3000 walk to Lydia McGranahan with her 15:11.94 in a mixed-sex race. But Olympian Joanne Dow has a listed AR of 12:45.05 in all-female competition. So gimme a break. Joanne’s the best. See Hayward result here. Hundreds of great photos are here. And many race videos are here.

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Ken Stone
Ken has followed track as an athlete, writer and webmaster since the late 1960s, and saw most sessions of track and field at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also attended the 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Trials. He worked for 10 newspapers and now reports for Times of San Diego. Write him at TrackCEO@aol.com or kens@timesofandiego.com. Story tips always welcome!

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