American and World Records Fall at USATF Masters Championships

Masters Athletes, ages 30-96, set five world records and 27 American records over four days of competition in the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships at the Cyclone Sports Complex on the campus of Iowa State University.

So Cal Track Club, sweeping both the men’s and women’s team titles, captured the team combined championship with 666 points, marking its 18th indoor/outdoor title.

So Cal Track Club won the men’s division team scoring 445 points with the Potomac Valley Track Club second at 227 followed by the Atlanta Track Club with 201 points respectively.

So Cal Track Club edged the SC Striders Track Club, 221-217 in the women’s team race. The Potomac Valley Track Club was third with 206 points.

A record 174 clubs competed in the meet, while the 1,051 participants of the world and country’s top Masters track and field athletes marked the largest turnout for the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships since 2014, and 160 more than the 2019 USATF Masters Championships in Ames.

One world record and six American records were set on Sunday’s final day of competition, including two records in the women’s 4x400m relays.

With three-time Olympian Michelle Rohl (Greater Philadelphia Track Club/Mansfield, Pa.), 55, running the third leg a U.S. All-Star team set a world record in the women’s aged 55-59 4x400m relay in 4:23.52. The foursome of Rohl, Sue McDonald (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Lisa Valle (Albuquerque, N.M.) and anchor Roxanne Brockner (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) smashed the previous world mark of 4:27.33.

A U.S. All-Star team also established an American mark in the women’s 50-54 age 4x400m relay of 4:23.24. Dianne DeOliveria (Brick, N.J.), Andrea Collier (Orlando, Fla.), Terry Ballou (Conway, N.H.), and anchor Sonder Hawkins (Orlando, Fla.) made up the record- setting foursome.

Earlier, Rohl set a U.S. mark for the second straight day – this time in the women’s aged 55-59 1,500m. Rohl was clocked in 4:54.16, trimming more than eight seconds off the previous U.S. record of 5:02.19 that she set June 5 in Landover, Md.

Masters Hall of Famer Gloria Krug (Philadelphia Masters, New Oxford, Pa.) 90, set her fourth American record in the women’s 90-94 age group this weekend, winning the shot put at 18 feet 9.75 inches/5.73m. Earlier, she set American records in the women’s hammer throw, weight throw and javelin.

Tami Graf (Potomac Valley Track Club/Lusby, Md.), 85, made it a trifecta by setting an American record in the women’s aged 85-89 200m hurdles in 1:42.04 to go along with previous American records she set in her age group in the women’s 5,000m and 10,000m runs.

Gary Patton (Rock Rapids, Iowa), 75, defended his title in the men’s aged 75-79 1,500m run in big fashion, setting an American record of 5:19.87. Patton now owns American records in three age categories in the 1500m — age 65-69, age 70-74 and age 75-79.

Coreen Steinbach (Pompey, N.Y.), 70, earned her fourth women’s 70-74 age group title by sprinting to victory in the 200m in 35.59 after opening the morning by winning the 1,500 in 6:28.18. She won the 400m Friday and 800m Saturday.

Dixon Hemphill (Potomac Valley Track Club/Fairfax Station, Va.), the oldest competitor in the meet at 96 years old, came back to win the men’s 95-99 200m (2:58.78) Sunday after claiming the 100m title Saturday.

Sunday’s World Record

  • Women’s 55-59 4x400m Relay — USA All Stars (Sue McDonald, Lisa Valle, Michelle Rohl, Roxanne Brockner) 4:23.52

Sunday’s American Records

  • Women’s 55-59 4x400m Relay — USA All Stars (Sue McDonald, Lisa Valle, Michelle Rohl, Roxanne Brockner) 4:23.52
  • Women’s 50-54 4x400m Relay — USA All Stars (Dianne DeOliveira, Andrea Collier, Terry Ballou, Sonder Hawkins) 4:23.24
  • Women’s 55-59 1,500m — Michelle Rohl, Greater Philadelphia TC, 4:54.16
  • Men’s 75-79 1,500m — Gary Patton, So Cal Track Club, 5:19.87
  • Women’s 85-89 200m hurdles — Tami Graf, Potomac Valley Track Club, 1:42.04
  • Women’s 90-94 Shot Put — Gloria Krug, Philadelphia Masters, 18-9.75/5.73m

World and American Records Set or Tied During the Meet

Five World Records (Pending Ratification)

  • Women’s 85-89 Pentathlon —Florence Meiler, Sprinticity, 4,467 points
  • Women’s 85-89 80m hurdles Florence Meiler, Sprinticity, 26.69 (as a part of the pentathlon)
  • Women’s 45-49 400m — Angee Henry-Nott, Unattached, Elkhorn, Neb., 56.14
  • Women’s 60-64 Hammer Throw —Oneithea Lewis, Shore Athletic Club, 153-8/46.84m
  • Women’s 55-59 4x400m Relay — USA All Stars (Sue McDonald, Lisa Valle, Michelle Rohl, Roxanne Brockner) 4:23.52

27 American Records 

WOMEN – 21

  • Women’s 55-59 4x400m Relay — USA All Stars (Sue McDonald, Lisa Valle, Michelle Rohl, Roxanne Brockner) 4:23.52
  • Women’s 50-54 4x400m Relay — USA All Stars (DeOliveira, Collier, Ballou, Hawkins) 4:23.24
  • Women’s 90-94 Hammer Throw — Gloria Krug, Philadelphia Masters, 54-6/16.62m
  • Women’s 90-94 Javelin — Gloria Krug, Philadelphia, Masters, 37-5/11.40m
  • Women’s 90-94 Discus — Gloria Krug, Philadelphia Masters, 41-10/12.77m
  • Women’s 90-94 Shot Put — Gloria Krug, Philadelphia Masters, 18-9.75/5.73m
  • Women’s 90-94 Weight Throw — Gloria Klug, Philadelphia Masters, 24-11/7.60m
  • Women’s 85-89 200m hurdles — Tami Graf, Potomac Valley Track Club, 1:42.04
  • Women’s 85-89 10,000m Run — Tami Graf, Potomac Valley Track Club, 1:36:39.48
  • Women’s 85-89 5,000m —Tami Graf, Potomac Valley Track Club, 46:00.64
  • Women’s 85-89 2000m steeplechase — Florence Meiler, Sprinticity, 18:55.84
  • Women’s 85-89 80m hurdles — Florence Meiler, Sprinticity, 26.69 (as a part of the pentathlon)
  • Women’s 85-89 Pentathlon — Florence Meiler, Sprinticity, 4,467 points
  • Tied *Women’s 85-89 High Jump— Florence Meiler, Sprinticity and Christel Donley, Colorado Masters Track & Field, 3-0.50/0.93m
  • Women’s 80-84 400m — Mary Smith, Unattached, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1:30.84
  • Women’s 60-64 Hammer Throw — Oneithea Lewis, Shore Athletic Club, 153-8/46.84m
  • Women’s 60-64 Weight Throw — Oneithea Lewis, Shore Athletic Club, 58-4.25/17.79m
  • Women’s 55-59 10,000m — Lisa Veneziano, Unattached, Fenton, Mich., 38:42.16
  • Women’s 55-59 800m — Michelle Rohl, Greater Philadelphia Track Club, 2:23.26
  • Women’s 55-59 1,500m — Michelle Rohl, Greater Philadelphia Track Club, 4:54.16
  • Women’s 45-49 400m — Angee Henry-Nott, Unattached, Elkhorn, Neb., 56.14

Men — 6

  • Men’s 85-89 100m — Robert Whilden Jr., Unattached, Houston, Texas, 16.18
  • Men’s 85-89 High Jump — Tom Langenfeld, Unattached, Edina, Minn., 3-10.5/1.18m
  • Men’s 75-79 1,500m — Gary Patton, Unattached, Rock Rapids, Iowa. 5:19.87
  • Men’s 65-69 10,000m — Rick Becker, Club Northwest, 37:16.46
  • Men’s 65-69 3,000m — Rick Becker, Club Northwest, 10:43.05 (set during 5,000m)
  • Men’s 55-59 Shot Put — James Patterson, Unattached, Hood River, Ore., 53-4.25 16.26m

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