Roy Englert of Springfield, Virginia, shattered a 27-year-old world record in the M95 800 to kick off Spokane nationals at Eastern Washington University. (See results here.) He became the oldest man to go sub-6 when he clocked 5:18.15, taking 45 (!!!) seconds off the listed outdoor WR of 6:02.94 by fellow Yank Herb Kirk at 1991 Turku worlds. (Roy set the indoor WR of 6:03.84 at this year’s Landover nationals.)
Sue McDonald of Santa Barbara lowered her own W55 AR in the 800 by clocking 2:27.00 — a few ticks ahead of her recent 2:28.88. Three-time race walk Olympian Michelle Rohl returned to her old college distance, the 800, but won W50 in scary fashion.
About 10 yards from the finish, suffering in the mid-90s heat, she staggered and weaved, and needed help getting to a nearby medical tent. There she quickly recovered after getting bags of ice for her neck and stomach.
I spent the day taking pictures — and drinking at least five bottles of water.
In the entry list, Vitaly is listed as INA — Indonesia. In fact, he told me, he tried to enter the meet as an “independent national athlete.” (He won his age group in 2:04.60.) He wasn’t sure if he’d run the 1500 as well.
Meanwhile, check out the Spokesman-Review’s great story about Sabra Harvey’s continuing Hurricane Harvey ordeal in Texas. Here’s the USATF release for Day 1 — and my best shots from Thursday.
Here’s the USATF release for Thursday:
In stunning fashion, 95-year-old Roy Englert (Springfield, Virginia/Potomac Valley Track Club) clinched the M95 world record in the men’s 800. Englert, who also set age group records at USATF Masters Indoor Championships earlier this year, ran 5:18.15 – a huge improvement from the previous WR of 6:02.94 set in 1991 by Herb Kirk of the U.S.
On the women’s side, Sue McDonald (Santa Barbara, California/T.H.E. Track Team) set a new American record in the W55 800m. McDonald’s 2:27.00 dipped under the previous age group AR of 2:30.53. Lesley Hinz (Atlanta, Georgia/Unattached) nearly broke the American record in the W60 800m, finishing in 2:34.95 compared to the AR time of 2:34.66. In March, Hinz won USATF Athlete of the Week following her 800m world indoor record. She followed up by winning her 400m prelim in 1:11.84.
Three-time U.S. racewalk Olympian Michelle Rohl (Madison, Wisconsin/unattached) clinched the national title in the W50 800m in 2:32.78. 2018 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year Sabra Harvey (Houston, Texas/Houston Striders, Inc.) won her W65 800m final in 2:49.63.
M50 competitor Carl Combs (Sheney, Washington/Club Northwest) ran the fastest time of all M30-59 5,000m runners, clocking in at 16:14.14.
In the multi-events, Michael Janusey (Venetia, Pennsylvania/Unattached) won the M60 pentathlon with 2976 points and Rachel Guest (Surprise, Arizona/Southwest Sprinters Track Club) took home the USATF Masters title in the W40 pentathlon with 3348 points.
William Harvey (Glenbrook, Nevada/Unattached) earned first in the M70 shot put at 13.81m/45-3.75 and Oneithea Lewis (Oakland Gardens, New York/Shore Athletic Club) claimed the national title in W55 weight throw with a best of 14.05m.
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