American Masters athletes broke three more age group world records and four American records Saturday during the second day of the 2019 USATF Masters Indoor Championships at JDL Fast Track.
94-year-old Betty Lindberg (Atlanta, Georgia; Atlanta Track Club) covered a wide range of distances on Saturday. She clocked 21.15 in the 60m and returned to the track a few hours later to set a new 90-94 age group world record in the mile with a time of 15:15.58. Lindberg is scheduled to compete in the 200m on Sunday.
On Friday Irene Obera (Fremont, California; Sierra Gold) returned after a two year absence and set a new age group world record in the 400m. Saturday Obera set another world record in the W85-89 age group long jump with a leap of 2.04m/6-8.50 and an American record in the 60m crossing the line in 13.76.
Myrle Mensey (St. Louis, Missouri; Throwing and Growing), the world record holder in the Women’s 65-69 age group indoor weight throw, now in the Women’s 70-74 age group, set a new shot put American record with a toss of 8.83m/28-11.75.
90-year-old John Star (Wallingford, Pennsylvania), won the 2018 World Masters Outdoor 10,000m and 5,000m race walks in the 90-94 age group, hit the JDL Fast Track and set a new age group 3,000m Race Walk world record with a time of 24:38.97.
Former Lithuanian athlete Neringa Jakstiene (Memphis, Tennessee), who recently gained U.S. citizenship and now competes as an American will join Team USATF at the World Masters Indoor Championships in Poland. Saturday, she set a new Women’s 55-59 long jump American Record with a jump of 4.95m/16-3. It was her fifth American record of the meet so far, three of which were also Masters world records.
Robert Hewitt (Gresham, Oregon) won the Men’s 85-89 long jump with an American record leap of 3.28m/10-9.25 on his sixth and final attempt. Hewitt set an American record in the high jump Friday night and still holds the world record in the 75-79 age group in the indoor pentathlon (4,239 points) and the 80-84 age group indoor long jump (4.09m/13-5), as well as numerous outdoor age group records.
85-year-old Ino Cantu (San Marcos, Texas; Potomac Valley Track Club), the world record holder in the 80-84 indoor mile, set a new world record of 7:46.94 for the 85-89 age group. The previous world record was 8:33.11.
2015 USATF Masters Hall of Fame inductee and American record holder in the 65-69 age group 3000m, Doug Goodhue (Milford Michigan; Ann Arbor Track Club) clocked an American 75-79 age group record on Friday night and returned Saturday for the mile. Goodhue went on to set another American record with a mile time of 6:18.03.
61-year-old Bruce McBarnette (Sterling, Virginia; Potomac Valley Track Club), a 2009 USATF Masters Hall of Fame inductee and 13-time Masters World Champion, cleared 1.67m/5-5.75 to win his his 41 USATF Masters national title.
Three-time Olympian in the race walk, Michelle Rohl (Mansfield, Pennsylvania) won the Women’s 50-54 Mile with a time of 5:36.15. Rohl competed at the Olympic Games in 1992, 1996 and 2000.
William Clark (Sicklerville, New Jersey) set a new America record in the Men’s 85-89 age group 60m hurdles with a time of 14.15, taking nearly a second off the previous record.
The 2019 USATF Masters Indoor Championships conclude Sunday with competition beginning at 8:00am ET at JDL Fast Track.