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Sprinters Energize USATF Masters Championships

JACKSONVILLE -- Sprinters set the stage for the third day of action at the 2015 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships at Hodges Field on the campus of the University of North Florida.
In the first 100 meters of the day, Kathy Bergen (La Canada, California) continued an impressive weekend, breaking her own world record with a time of 15.70 in the W75-94 100m.
Jane Barnes (Raleigh, North Carolina) was the first runner to go sub-15 as her 14.66 sealed her victory in the W60-64 100m.
Daphne Sluys (Bellingham, Washington) added another title in the W55-59 100m, running away in 13.97. Amanda Scotti (Folsom, California) turned in a runner-up finish of 14.25.
Brandi Bernert (Denver, Colorado) ran the fastest overall time for all women’s age groups, taking the W35-39 100m title in 12.22.
The men’s 100 meters started out in similar fashion as the women with Bobby Whilden (Houston, Texas) crushing the M80-84 field in a windy 14.12 (+4.0).
Charles Allie (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Kenrick Smith (Brooklyn, New York) represented the M65-69 division with impressive times of 12.47 and 12.99, respectively.
Alan Tissenbaum (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was able to hold off Don McGee (Clinton, Maryland) and finish with the win in 11.73 in the M55-59 100m. McGee’s 11.77 was more than enough to finish in second place.
Jeffrey Mack (Clearwater, Florida) ran the fastest overall time of the day coming from the M40-44 division at 10.95.
In the M40-49 discus, Eric Cole (Flower Mound, Texas) threw 45.65m/149-9 on his second throw to come out atop the medal podium, while Jason Lattimore (Morris Plains, New Jersey) and Colin Bastien (Douglasville, Georgia) medaled with throws of 44.84m/147-1 and 40.46m/132-8.75, respectively.
The most experienced competitor in this week’s championship, Champ Goldy (Haddonfield, New Jersey), trotted out for his own 100m time in the M80-99 100m. Goldy ran 31.83 and will still compete in discus, javelin and weight throw as originally announced.
Friday night’s action concluded with the 1500m and 5000m race walks in various age groups. Rain delayed action for the second consecutive day, but all scheduled events were completed.
Marisa Sutera Strange (Pleasant Valley, New York) broke an American record in the W50-54 1500m at 4:51.86. The previous mark was 4:52.6 by Kathryn Martin in 2012.
The W30 1500m was highlighted by the top three runners all going sub-6:00. Meghan DeCarlo (Saddle Brook, New Jersey) ran away from Tamika Newsome (Wilmington, North Carolina) late to win with a time of 5:16.83. Newsome crossed in 5:29.08 with Rebecca Mullen (Wilmington, Delaware) coming in third at 5:56.19.
Sonja Friend-Uhl (Brentwood, Tennessee) continued a dominating weekend of her own, winning the W40 1500m by more than 20 seconds at 4:39.84. Heather Schulz (Orlando, Florida) and Julie Mercado (Springboro, Ohio) had equally impressive times of 5:00.29 and 5:04.29, respectively.
Results from the first three days of competition can be viewed here.
The USATF Masters Outdoor Championships can be seen on demand on USATF.TV. Action concludes Sunday, July 26.
Entry is free to the public for the entire weekend and the rest of the 2015 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships. Click here for more information regarding the rest of the weekend.
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Ryan Stevens
Communications Intern

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