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Natl masters track champs at U-W Oshkosh Thurs-Sun July 9-12 competitors 30-95, w/5 Olympians & 45 world champs

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07/07/2009 - 10:29

masterstrackChamps-09.jpg(Oshkosh, WI) -- Many of the world’s best athletes—including five Olympians and 45 current world masters champions -- are among the over 1000 competitors at the 2009 USA Track & Field Masters Outdoor Championships at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Thursday through Sunday, July 9-12, at J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium. Adult athletes in age groups from 30 to 95 will provide an extraordinary demonstration of speed, power, skill, and endurance, showing that age is no barrier to lifetime fitness and competition, in the national masters track and field championships. Track events will range from 100 meters to 10,000 meters, while field events will include the full range of jumps and throws. The public and the media are invited. 

The meet runs Thursday through Sunday 7:30AM-3:30 PM with events on a fast-paced schedule throughout the day. Meet officials believe the meet “will be great for both watching and participating.” 

Among the Olympians at the meet : Three-time Olympian Ed Burke M65 (hammer throw, weight throw) was flag bearer for United States at the 1984 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Richard Cochran M70 (discus) won the bronze medal in discus at 1960 Rome Games. Other Olympians include Karl Smith M45 (200, 110 hurdles), Trish Porter W45 (high jump), and Monica Joyce W50 (10,000), who in May bettered the listed world age-group record in the 5000 with a time of 16:19.51.
The world’s premier athletes will be at their best in Oshkosh. Some 200 of the athletes are also entered in the World Masters (WMA) Championships in Lahti, Finland, July 28-August 20 and will be sharpening for that event, said Rex Harvey, World Masters Athletics Vice President-Stadia, who will serve as technical expert and Games Committee member in Oshkosh.

103 entrants are from Wisconsin. Competitors and will include John Zupanc, UW-Oshkosh Head Men’s Track and Field and Cross Country Coach, just named NCAA DIII Track and Field Coach of the Year. He has won six national titles as a coach at UW-Oshkosh -- four in cross country and two in track and field including this year (Indoor 2009 and Outdoor 2009.) John will be competing in the 55-59 steeplechase and 10K – personally demonstrating masters track’s mission of a lifetime of ongoing fitness regardless of age.

For full schedule of events see: http://www.usatf.org/events/2009/USAMastersOutdoorTFChampionships/schedule.asp
Athletes Entered and events: http://www.usatf.org/events/2009/USAMastersOutdoorTFChampion...
Athletes by State and City: http://www.weinerpublic.com/OshkoshByCity.txt
Full detailed meet information: http://www.usatf.org/events/2009/USAMastersOutdoorTFChampionships/

Other stars include former IAAF World Masters Athlete of the Year Bill Collins of Houston, fresh off the publication of his book “The Ageless Athletic Spirit.” He will try to continue his string of national outdoor triples. He’s entered in the M55 100, 200 and 400, and he holds world records in the 100 and 200..

Becky Sisley, the Active Athletes Representative on the USATF Masters T&F Committee and former women’s athletic director at the University of Oregon, comes to Oshkosh in the wake of a tremendous debut in the 70-74 age group. Since turning 70 on May 10, she has broken world records in the W70 pole vault and heptathlon and American records in the javelin, 80-meter hurdles and a new event: the 200-meter hurdles.

Northern California’s Jim Sorensen, a schoolteacher who two years ago set M40 world records in the 800 (1:50.34) and 1500 (3:44.06) and lowered the American mile record to 4:04.98, will be competing in his first masters nationals. He’s entered in M40 events from the 800 to 10K.

There is always high interest in the meet’s oldest. For the first time in recent memory, three 95-year-olds are entered in masters nationals. Two will face off in the 400 and 800: Masters Hall of Famer Max Springer of Tennessee and Frank Levine of Pennsylvania. The third M95 entrant is Leland McPhie of San Diego, who will battle Springer in the long jump and triple jump. McPhie has set several M95 world records this year, and Levine last month broke the American record in the 400. “Perhaps the increasing number in the oldest group is testimony to the success of the masters mission of increased fitness for life,” said Bob Weiner, National Masters Media Chair and former Chief of Staff of the U.S. House Aging Committee.

Olympians and current World Champions coming to Spokane include (list prepared by Ken Stone, Media Committee member and editor, www.masterstrack.com):

Six Olympians are entered at Oshkosh:
Olympians - Name (events entered at Oshkosh), Olympic performances
W40 Jearl Clark (100, 200, 400, long jump) in 2004 at age 37 at Athens Games ran first leg of gold medal 4x400 relay. In 1996 anchored winning 4x400 (49.56). In 1992, at Barcelona Games, ran third leg on silver medal 4x400 relay.
M65 Ed Burke (hammer throw, weight throw) was flag bearer for United States at 1984 Opening Ceremony. Was seventh in hammer throw at 1964 Tokyo Games (215-5), 12th in hammer at 1968 Mexico City Games (215-7) and 18th in the qualifying round of hammer in the 1984 Los Angeles Games (221-6) at age 44.
M70 Richard Cochran (discus) won bronze medal in discus at 1960 Rome Games with a toss of 57.16 meters (184-3). 
M45 Karl Smith (200, 110 hurdles) Took fifth in semifinals of 400 hurdles (49.58), sixth in Heat 2 of 4x400 at 1984 Los Angeles Games, competing for Jamaica.
W45 Patricia "Trish" Porter (high jump) Cleared 1.84 meters (6-0 1/2) for 19th in the qualifying round of high jump at 1988 Seoul Games, competing as Patricia Morley King.
W50 Monica Joyce (10K) was fifth in Heat 3 of the 3,000 (8:54.34) at the Los Angeles Games, competing for Ireland.

Also notable:
M40 Jim Sorensen (800, 1500, 5000, 10K) Took second in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Trials 1500 but fell short of the Olympic qualifying standard by 0.65 second.
M75 Jerry Smartt (1500, 5000, 10K) Took fourth in the 1956 Los Angeles Olympic Trials and was an Olympic alternate at 10,000.

20 Reigning World Masters Indoor Champions entered:
(Meet held in Clermont-Ferrand, France, in March 2008. Events listed are those in which the athletes will compete in Oshkosh):
M40 Don Drummond (400, 110 hurdles, 400 hurdles)
W40 Renee Henderson (100, 200, 400)
W40 Christine Reaser (800, 1500, 5000, 2K steeplechase)
W45 Joy Upshaw-Margerum (100, 80 hurdles, long jump)
M50 Val Barnwell (100, 200)
M50 Bruce McBarnette (high jump)
W50 Rita Hanscom (100, 200, 80 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump, long jump, pole vault, pentathlon)
M55 Bill Collins (100, 200, 400)
M55 Jim Broun (100 hurdles)
M55 Nolan Shaheed (5000, 10K)
W55 Kathryn Martin (800, 1500, 5000, 10K, 2K steeple)
M60 Charles Allie (100, 200, 400)
M65 Stephen Robbins (100, 200)
M65 George Mathews (shot put, hammer throw, weight throw)
W65 Marie-Louise Michelsohn (400, 800, 1500, 5000, 10K, 2K steeple)
M70 Bob Lida (100, 200, 400)
W70 Jeanne Daprano (200, 400, 800, 1500)
W70 Christel Donley (high jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, javelin, pentathlon)
M80 William Daprano (long jump, discus, javelin, pentathlon)
W80 Johnnye Valien (100, 200, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, javelin)

25 Reigning World Masters Outdoor Champions entered:
(Meet held in September 2007 in Riccione, Italy. Events listed are those in which the athletes are entered in Oshkosh):
M40 Chris Grant (400, 400 hurdles)
M45 David Ashford (110 hurdles)
W45 Patricia Porter (high jump)
W45 Joy Upshaw-Margerum (100, 80 hurdles, long jump)
M50 Val Barnwell (100, 200)
M50 Steve Gallegos (400, 800, 1500, 5000) 
M50 Marty Krulee (100, 200)
W50 Carol Finsrud (shot, discus, hammer throw, javelin, weight throw)
M55 Bill Collins (100, 200, 400)
M55 Nolan Shaheed (5000, 10K)
M55 Thad Wilson (100 hurdles, 400 hurdles, long jump)
W55 Kathryn Martin (800, 1500, 5000, 10K, 2000 steeplechase)
M60 Charles Allie (100, 200, 400)
M60 Robert Baker (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, pole vault, long jump, javelin, pentathlon)
M60 Paul Economides (shot put, discus, hammer throw, weight throw)
M65 Larry Barnum (200, 400, 800)
M65 Bob Cahners (hammer throw, weight throw)
W65 Marie-Louise Michelsohn (400, 800, 1500, 5000, 10K, 2K steeple)
W65 Nadine O'Connor (100, 200, 80 hurdles, high jump, shot put, discus, javelin, pentathlon)
M70 Bob Lida (100, 200, 400)
M70 Emil Pawlik (100, 80 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump, long jump, pentathlon)
W70 Jeanne Daprano (200, 400, 800, 1500)
W70 Christel Donley (high jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, javelin, pentathlon)
W75 Thelma Wilson (800, 1500)
W80 Johnnye Valien (100, 200, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, javelin)

CHARTS OF OLYMPIANS AND WORLD CHAMPIONS prepared by Ken Stone of masterstrack.com

Stars from the “Badger State” set to shine at Oshkosh
(Wisconsin list as well as much information in the release compiled by Peter Taylor, National Masters and Oshkosh Meet announcer and Media Committee Member).
In addition to John Zupanc, UW-Oshkosh Head Mens’ Track and Field and Cross Country Coach (above):
Marilyn Gundermann (Madison), age 76, tore up the track last year at the outdoor nationals as she won the 100 in 17.94 (American record for this age group is 16.87) and the 200. She will do the 100 and 200 this year as well.

Lois Gilmore (Janesville), the American recordholder for W75 (women 75-79) in the 10,000 run and the USATF masters athlete of the year (female) for 2007
Margaret Kaufman (Madison), age 66. This historian and novelist was second in the long jump at last year’s outdoor nationals and took third in the 200. Margaret is entered in the 100, 200, and long jump.

Robert Zahn (Grafton). Robert, age 55, finished third in both the 1995 and 1999 world outdoor masters (110 hurdles). In addition, he was third in the 2006 world indoor masters (60 hurdles). He will do the 100 hurdles and high jump at Oshkosh.

Jeff Kingstad (Winchester). Jeff, aged 56, is the American indoor record holder in the pole vault for men 55-59 with a jump of 4.12 meters/13 feet, 6.25 inches. He will pole vault at Oshkosh.

Mike DeWitt (Kenosha). Mike, age 58, coaches racewalking and racewalks himself. He finished third in the outdoor nationals last year in both racewalks (5,000, 10,000) and will be in those events this year.

Alfred Dubois (West Allis). Always one of the top masters racewalkers, Alfred, age 77, finished second last year at national outdoors in both racewalks and will compete in those events this year.

Bill Jankovich (Racine). A long-time professor at Carthage College in Kenosha, Bill (now 75) has been a nominee for the Masters Hall of Fame. He has entered the 100, 400, 80 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump, pole vault, discus, and javelin at Oshkosh.

James Michaels (Oconomowoc). James, age 52, finished fourth last year at nationals with an excellent 11.93 in the 100. He will run the 100 and 200 at Oshkosh and will also put the shot.

John Rose (Plover). Now 43, John has entered the shotput and discus at Oshkosh. Last year at nationals he put the shot 44 feet, 5.47 inches.

Other local entrants and potential stars:
Wes Shaughnessy – 30- Madison, WI, DIII All-American in the 1500 in 2001 and 2001; Drake Relays Champion
Michael Draheim – 32- Menasha. WI, 4x800 Drake Relays champ in 2000

For media interviews of athletes or organizers on the track or by phone, see Bob Weiner, National Masters Media Chair, trackside or contact Bob at cells 202-329-1700 or 202-306-1200. Media is welcome at the track and will be provided credentials and program information.