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ATC Sweeps Team Competition at USATF Masters

Date: 
07/17/2017 - 04:36

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- The 50th annual USATF Masters Outdoor Championships closed Sunday with seven American records set on the final day of competition at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track & Field Stadium. Final pending record count fourteen American and four world, per Masters Records Chair Jeff Brower.

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Masters legend Robert Lida (Wichita, Kansas) set a new American record in the M80 200m final with a time of 30.80. Lida, who also set an American record in the M80 400m, finished the meet with two more national titles to his history, which includes a past World’s best masters athlete.

In the closest finish of the day, Damien Leake (Van Nuys, California) of SC Striders Track Club narrowly beat Potomac Valley Track Club’s Oscar Peyton (Accokeek, Maryland) in the M60 200m. While Leake established a solid lead from the gun, Peyton closed in and nearly caught him at the end, ultimately finishing within .01 of each other, 25.65-25.66.

Renowned Baton Rouge athlete Mary Norckauer (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) completed her eleventh event of 2017 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships, winning the W90 triple jump with a best distance of 3.07m/10-1 (-0.1 m/s). 2008 Olympian Amy Begley (Mableton, Georgia) also took on an impressive number of events on the final day, the W35 1500m, discus, shot put, 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Begley won the 1500m, and her relay team was victorious in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

The excitement continued through the final track events of the meet, where athletes set six new American records during the men’s and women’s relay races.

Within the 4x100m relays alone, five American records were set from standout performances by the M45 Non-club (43.75), M55 of So Cal Track Club (46.68), M80 of Houston Elite (80.63) and the M85 Non-club (2:01.47). Southwest Sprinters bested another American record with a dominating W40 time of 52.21.

In the 4x400m relay, the M50 Southwest Sprinters powered through to set the last meet record of weekend in 3:34.08.

Also of note, the first all-Latina W35 4x100m relay team won in 4:33.14, comprised of four doctors (Johnson, Gutierrez, Alvarez and Ramirez-Chapman).
Atlanta Track Club swept the team competition with 1143 points, followed by So Cal Track Club (697), TNT International Racing Club (467), Southwest Sprinters Track Club (336) and Potomac Valley Track Club (257) rounding out the top five.

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