As tradition holds, USATF named the star of masters nationals as Athlete of the Week So that means Neringa Jakstiene of Memphis is the choice after shattering four W55 world records at Winston-Salem nationals. I’m still stunned. (I asked for her contact info, and she wrote me. I sent her some Qs. Stay tuned.)
But she didn’t win AOW in a walk. She went up against Johnny Gregorek, whose runner-up to the new indoor mile WR was the second-fastest indoor mile in U.S. history (3:49.98 at the Boston University Lehane Mile to narrowly miss Bernard Lagat’s AR of 3:49.89.) Gregorek’s time makes him No. 6 on the world all-time indoor list, USATF says.
Jakstiene, 55, set women’s 55-59 age group world records in the long jump (4.95m/16-3), triple jump (10.61m/34-9.75), pentathlon (4,894 pts.) and 60m hurdles (9.59) at the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Winston-Salem. She also broke the American indoor record in the high jump during the pentathlon with a 1.48m/4-10.25 clearance.
Full results are here.
Other notable performances from the weekend:
Irene Obera — Obera broke the world masters women’s 85-89 world records in the 400m and long jump and set American records in the 60m and 200m at the USATF Masters Indoor Championships.
Robert Hewitt — Hewitt set American masters records in the men’s 85-89 age group in the high jump and long jump at the USATF Masters Indoor Championships.
Johnny Gregorek — Gregorek ran the second-fastest indoor mile in U.S. history, clocking 3:49.98 at the Boston University Lehane Mile to narrowly miss Bernard Lagat’s AR of 3:49.89. Gregorek’s time makes him No. 6 on the world all-time indoor list.
Zach Ornelas — Ornelas won the USATF 50K Championship at Caumsett State Park in New York, finishing in 2:50:02 for a 53-second margin of victory.
Ino Cantu — Cantu set a world record in the men’s masters 85-89 mile at 7:46.94, and then set an American record the next day in the 800m.
Jane Simpson also deserves a shout-out for her inspiring ironwoman showing — doing 60 (14.28), 60H (gold in 29.96), 200 (57.10), 800 (6:28.87), long jump (silver with 1.68m), triple jump (silver with 3.86m), high jump (bronze with 0.83m), shot (5.17m), super weight (bronze in 4.48m), pentathlon (gold with 1228 points), silver in 4×4 with TNT International Racing Club ‘B’ and fourth in 4×2. She no-heighted in vault and fouled out in the weight throw, but even that takes something out of you.
She’s everything I want to be at 77. A player.
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