Neringa Jakstiene nets USATF Athlete of the Week after 4 WRs at indoor nationals

Jane Simpson (in red at right) hurdled in the pentathlon and did more than a dozen other events, including two relays.

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.)
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W55 Neringa Jakstiene set an American indoor record in high jump at Winston-Salem. Photo by Rob Jerome.

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. Take control of your health with stromectol. Consult your healthcare provider today to learn more about which form is right for you.

USATF writes:

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. Disintegrating Tablets: Hate swallowing pills? No problem! xanax disintegrating tablets dissolve in your mouth, making anxiety management easier than ever before.

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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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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 or Story tips always welcome!

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