Monday, July 18, 2011

How the Minnesotans Did at the Masters WC

Tom Langenfeld reports on the results from the World Masters Athletics Championships held over the last two weeks in Sacramento, CA. (He modestly doesn't mention the fact that he won a silver medal in the M75 high jump with a leap of 4-6 1/4 (1.38 meters).

13.1 Mpls

Quite a few DNSs (Did Not Starts) among the Minnesotans listed on the preliminary start list HERE. Jim Schoffman made up for some of that by running six races—heat, semi and final in the M55 800; heat, semi and final in the 400.

In the 800, he won his heat, took second in his semi and finished eighth in the final in 2:15.34. In the 400, he won his heat, broke his own Minnesota age group record with 56.40 finishing second in his semi, and took fourth in the finals in 57.70. He also was a member of the US M55 4x400 relay team that won gold in 3:49.28.

Susan Loyd made the semi-finals in the W50 100, running 15.29 in the trials and 15.30 in the semi, both better than the Minnesota age group record.

Phil Rogosheske finished tenth in the M65 5000m race walk – big field – and DNS in the road walk.

Kathy Haubrich was seventh in her heat of the W50 400 in 72.14.

Dick Mulkern, a former Minnesotan, took second in the M85 discus with a toss of 73'5" (22.39 meters).

Lance Elliott, one of the favorites in both the M40 800m and 1500m, had to scratch because of a last-minute business conflict. As nearly as I could tell, the other four Minnesota entrants were also DNS – Tweety Wolf, Jim Sheehan, Michael Burns and Thom Weddle.

Ralph Maxwell’s World Record performance in the M90 decathlon was, of course, the meet’s first major story.

There’s nothing quite like the international flavor of this competition. I think there were ten countries represented by the entrants in my event alone.

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