USATF Masters Records Set

07/30/2018 - 17:17

SPOKANE, Washington -- The USATF Masters Outdoor Championships concluded its four days at Eastern Washington University with 5 world masters age group records and 15 new American marks total.

On the final day of competition, 100-year-old Orville Rogers (Dallas, Texas/Potomac Valley Track Club) set his second American record of the meet, this time in the M100 200m in 2:02.37. This was the centenarian's third national title earned at 2018 Outdoors following his wins in the 100m and 400m.

“I’m delighted,” Rogers said post-race. “At my age, to be able to compete in races, God has really been good to me. I started racing for records when I was 90, [nearly] 11 years ago. I’ve set 18 world records and you can imagine the feeling I get. It turns me on.”

Contemporary M90 competitor Edward Cox (Binghamton, New York/Syracuse Chargers Track Club, Inc), who made an impression in March at USATF Masters Indoor Championships, ran the fastest out of the entire M85-100 field in 42.56, just one second off the American record.

Roy Englert (Springfield, Virginia/Potomac Valley Track Club) beat the listed age group world record in the M95 1500m, 12:16.93 compared to the WMA’s current listing of 12:57.7. Sharon Gerl (Springfield, Oregon/unattached) broke a 10-year-old American record in the W70 1500m in 6:18.18, breaking the previous record of 6:22.77.

In an exciting M70 1500m, Gene Dykes (Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania/Greater Philadelphia TC) battled against Gary Patton (Rock Rapids, Iowa/So Cal Track Club) in the final 100m for first place, 5:16.77-5:17.24.

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