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The USA Track & Field Masters Championship return to Albuquerque this from February 17-19 after last year’s unprecedented 44 world and American records set at the Albuquerque championship, with competitors 30-99 years old.  Over 600 of the country’s best older athletes include Olympians, world champions, NFL players, and entertainers including a jazz great (Nolan Shaheed, M65, Pasadena, CA, who has been the lead for Stevie Wonder and Count Basie and played in the Emmys and The Voice). 

In addition, some stars are back setting world records after coming back from life threatening illnesses (example 66 year-old Bill Collins of Houston inspires after Guillain-Barre syndrome). In addition, the 87 and 82 year-old Donleys, Jerry and Christel of Colorado, both competing, are a unique world champion and Masters Hall of Fame couple. 

Mature male athlete in black crossing the finish line with arms raised.

Photo Credits: Rob Jerome

Stars, many entering a new age group, with excellent chances of setting records include Doug Torbert, 65, Redlands CA in the shot put, who won gold at Perth Worlds last year at 64 and broke the listed M65 world record in the shot put at a meet in Colorado on February 5; Bob Lida, 80, Wichita Kansas, World Masters Athlete of the Year in 2012, who already this year set a world mark and is a threat for world marks in the 60, 200, and 400;  Rachel Guest, Surprise, Arizona, 41, who set an American record in Perth last year; Joy Upshaw, 55, three world Golds in Perth, entered in the 60, 200, 60 hurdles, long jump, and triple jump; Kathy Martin, who has been overall Masters Athlete of the Year, 4 Golds in Perth, now in her new 65 age group,.entered in the 800, mile, and 3000 (was the first 60+ woman under 6 minutes indoors);  Kathy Bergen, 77, LaCanada, CA, three Perth Golds, entered in Albuquerque in the 60, 200, and high jump; and Nolan Shaheed, M65, from Pasadena, CA, jazz great and a masters world record holder as mentioned above, in the 800, mile, and 3000.

Mature female athlete clearing high jump.

Photo Credits: Rob Jerome

With an elevation of 5312 feet and an arena that features a nicely banked, fast track, the USA Track & Field Masters Indoor Championships has drawn many world-class sprinters, hurdlers, distance runners, jumpers, throwers, and racewalkers. To review the summaries of some of the great athletes who will be competing, visit

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