Saturday, July 16, 2016

USATF Masters National Championships - Sat meet report

200m semis today.  One of the most competitive fields in the world in this event in the M55 age group.   Today in the semis, the top two M55 - Alan and Don ran faster than the world champion in Lyon last yr.  Their 24.40 and 24.38 times were faster than any qualifier in the M50 age group.   Val, who narrowly edged Alan in the 100m (0.002) coasted to a 25 flat.   I was 4th fastest qualifier with a 25.19.   That will again put me in lane 6 for the finals.   Lane 6 is becoming a very familiar lane, with the 3 likely medalists to my inside.   All my races have been out of lane 6.

The pressure is off and I'm enjoying my time here.  Tomorrow, not expecting a medal, but I'm hoping I can run a better time than I did today.   This track is not an especially fast track like last yr in Jax.  There is a fast Jamaican here who may beat me as well but he won't finish in the official placing (as a non-US).  I did run faster than him in the semis though.

Chasing Alan in the 200m semis

The big event tomorrow may be our 4x100m relay team which Jim got together to attempt a record.   I think a world record might be tough to get, but if Val and Alan both run true to form, we have a good shot at an American record, which we set last yr in Lyon (47.10).  The WR is a tall order, 46.16 which means an avg split of 11.54.   Probably not on this track.

I chatted briefly with a masters track institution.  Announcer, Peter Taylor, who is threatening to make this his last outdoor Masters Nationals.  He said he doesn't want to go to Baton Rouge next summer.  Hope he does continue.  He has had a very difficult time due to poor communication with the clerk on heats and entries, which makes his job difficult.   If he leaves, he will be missed.  Greatly.

Right now, I'm off to the beach to watch the sunset on Lake Michigan.

I feel like a douche bag.... I must have left my spikes at the track.   Never have I done this before.  Both pair in the same spike bag.  They couldn't be anywhere else.  These two pair of Pumas aren't made anymore and I've had them for 3 seasons... and three championships.  I hope they are there or I'm screwed.  200m Final tomorrow and 4x100m relay.  Didn't realize they were missing until after midnight.  Probably won't be sleeping well or long tonight... it's 1:30 am and I'm getting up at 6:30am.   Shit.  


  1. Ask him if he remembers speaking with your Dad at the 2016 Indoors

  2. Ask him if he remembers speaking with your Dad at the 2016 Indoors

  3. Bill Sr., I'm so exhausted at this point that I don't remember what day it is. Let's see, I think it's Tuesday. I'm sure I spoke to you in ABQ.

    Best regards,

    Peter L. Taylor