USATF Masters athletes demonstrated athletic excellence and inspiring determination Friday during the first day of the 2019 USATF Masters Indoor Championships at JDL Fast Track. One world age group record was set with numerous new American records.
In the Women’s 400m, 85-year old Irene Obera (Fremont, California; Sierra Gold) returned from a two-year absence to set a World Masters Record in her new 85-89 age group with a time of 2:10.23. Obera, a 1996 USATF Masters Hall of Fame inductee and 2014 Masters Athlete of the year, is now the current masters world record holder in 10 events (five indoors and five outdoors) and is entered in eight events throughout the weekend.
Noel Ruebel (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), former Wake Forest track coach, and the country’s first high school 7-foot indoor high jumper in 1974, showed true lifetime fitness as he won the Men’s Pentathlon 60-64 with 3,366 points ahead of second place finisher Eugene Anton’s (Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts; So Cal Track Club) 3,257 points. Anton won the first two events of the day clocking 9.90 in the 60m hurdles and jumped 4.33/14-2.50 in the long jump. Then Ruebel took over, dominating the shot put with a heave of 12.46m/40-10.50, six and a half feet further than Anton. Ruebel and Anton tied in the high jump at 1.48m/4-10.25 and then Ruebel finished third in the 1000m with a time of 4:14.53 claiming 458 points to secure the Masters title on his hometown track.
Neringa Jakstiene set a World Record in the W55 Pentathlon at the Winston-Salem Indoor Nationals with a point total of 4894, breaking the previous record by 392 points. To reach that mark she recorded individual event world records in the long jump (5.00m/16-5), 60m hurdles (9.59) and an American record in the high jump (1.48m/4-10.25).
Karen Swisher (Shawnee, Kansas; Heartland Racewalkers) broke her own Masters American record in the Women’s One Mile Race Walk 65-69 age group by nearly three seconds with a time of 9:46.61. In the 60-64 Women’s One Mile Race Walk, Maryanne Daniel (Clinton, Connecticut; Connecticut Racewalkers), the 2018 USATF Masters Indoor Champion and American record holder in the event in the 55-59 age group, smashed the Masters American record with a time of 8:58.44, taking more than 18 seconds off the previous record.
On the men’s side a pair of 73-year old teammates Norman Frable (Ivins, Utah; So Cal Track Club) and Richard Campbell (Orange, California; So Cal Track Club) both walked under the previous Men’s Race Walk 70-74 age group American record held by Frable of 9:24.53. Frable clocked 8:19.01 and Campbell crossed the line in 9:18.61.
The 2018 USATF and World Masters Athlete of the year and masters world record holder in eight events (three indoors and five outdoors), Charles Allie (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Houston Elite) won the Men’s 400m 70-74 age group in 1:02.70, more than 17 seconds ahead of second place finisher Ronald Pate (Hawaii Champs) in 1:19.73.
The 2019 USATF Masters Indoor Championships continue Saturday at 7:30am at JDL Fast Track. Click here for the full competition schedule.