2019 Masters Monthly Newsletter

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Donate to the World #1 Program Supporting Team USATF Athletes at the WMA Indoor Championships

USATF Masters Track & Field is seeking donations to support the World #1 Program. Designed to give Team USATF the best possible chance of success at WMA Championships, the World #1 Program was launched in December 2018 with $50,000 in donations - $25,000 from the National Office thanks to CEO Max Siegel and COO Renee Washington, and another $25,000 from an anonymous donor. Since that time an additional $20,000 has been raised with gifts ranging from $5 to $5000. To achieve our overall goal for Torun of $90,000, we need to raise an additional $20,000. Please consider reading more about the program here and making a donation today.

Atlanta Track Club Wins Team Title at MTF Indoor Championships; 23 World and 21 American Records Fall

The Atlanta Track Club took top honors at the USATF Masters Indoor Championships in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the beginning of March. With 814 points they outpaced the defending Indoor team champions Potomac Valley Track Club (704 points) and TNT International (496 points) to claim the crown. The meet also saw the largest haul of world and American records in years, powered in part by the addition of 5-year age groups in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays (the rules were changed from 10-year age groups in those events beginning in January). 
In addition to the relay records, new American Neringa Jakstiene (W55) set four world records (pentathlon, 60m hurdles, long jump, and triple jump) and an American record in the high jump. She was named USATF Athlete of the Week in recognition of her record spree. Irene Obera (W85) also was a multiple record setter with world records in the 400m and long jump and American records in the 60m and 200m. A full summary of the meet can be found here


Charles Allie Named WMA Male Athlete of the Year Lesley Hinz and Carol Finsrud Named Event Group Athletes of the Year

Charles Allie (M71) was selected by World Masters Athletics as its Male Athlete of the Year for 2018. A quadruple gold medal winner in Malaga, Allie set world records last year in the 100m, 200m, and 400m. He also was named event group athlete of the year in the sprints. Americans Lesley Hinz (W60) and Carol Finsrud (W61) were named event group runners up in the middle distance and throws categories. 
Each WMA affiliate may name a nominee in each of eight categories; those nominees are then passed on to a regional selection with one nominee from each region considered by WMA. US nominees in 2018 included the following:





Lesley Hinz (W60)


Rose Green (W80)

Middle Distance

Lesley Hinz (W60) * Runner Up

Long Distance

Sabra Harvey (W69) *


Carol Finsrud (W61) * Runner Up


Joy Upshaw (W57)

Combined Events

Rachel Guest (W43)

Race Walks

Erin Taylor Talcott (W40)




Charles Allie (M71) * Winner


Charles Allie (M71) * Winner

Middle Distance

Charles Novak (M51) *

Long Distance

Gene Dykes (M70)


George Mathews (M75) *


Peter Hlavin (M60) *

Combined Events

Mike Kuoppamaki (M43)

Race Walks

Ray Sharp (M59)

* = NCCWMA Nominee to WMA


World #1 Program to Support Team USATF Athletes Traveling to Torun, Poland for WMA Indoor Championships

Team USATF will send 219 athletes to Torun, the largest U.S. delegation to a WMA Indoor Championships in Europe. Of those, 61 have qualified for up-front funding support through the World #1 Program, which is designed to help get projected American medal winners to Torun. 22 are top ranked in one or more events.
Germany, with 475 entries, is the odds-on favorite to top the medal table, with Team USATF expected to fight it out with host country Poland (870 entries), Great Britain (393 entries), Spain (287 entries) for second place on the medal table. Learn more about how you can support the World #1 Program here

East and Southeast Regions Join Together for a Super Regional T/F Championships in June in Maryland

In June the East Region and Southeast Region are joining forces to offer the first Super Regional Championship on June 1-2, 2019 at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. The two-day event will offer the full range of outdoor events, including the pentathlon. Full meet information is on the website. The on-time registration deadline is May 24, 2019, with a late entry deadline of May 29, 2019. For questions see the website or contact the meet director at throwsguy@gmail.com.

Anti-Doping Report
Masters athletes are subject to doping control testing both in and out of competition and may be sanctioned by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for violations. For more information about anti-doping and the processes involved, visit the USADA website. To check on whether any medications or supplements you are taking are banned, visit the globalDRO website.
The following masters age athletes in the sport of track and field (including LDR) are under current USADA sanction/suspension and may not compete or otherwise be associated with any USATF or USATF-sanctioned event:


Effective Dates

Scott McPherson

4 years


Jason Young

4 years


Jessica Cosby-Toruga

6 years


Nicholas Mossburg

4 years


Thomas Cawley

4 years


Liz Palmer

4 years




2019 Masters Grand Prix Schedule

Dec 8 Masters Club Cross Country Championships Spokane, WA
Feb 2 USATF Cross Country National Championships  Tallahassee, FL
Mar 16 USATF Masters 8 km Championships Shamrock Marathon/Towne Bank 8K Virginia Beach, VA
Apr 28 USATF Masters 10 km Championships James Joyce Ramble Dedham, MA
Aug 17 USATF Masters 5 km Championships Atlanta's Finest 5K Atlanta, GA
Aug  23 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships HAP Crim Festival of Races Flint, MI
Oct 12 USATF Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships San Diego, CA
Oct 26 USATF Masters 15K Championships Tulsa Federal Credit Union Run Tulsa, OK

Other Events of Interest to Masters LDR
Mar 1-3                USATF Masters Indoor Championships                                    Winston-Salem, NC

Mar 2                    Olympic Marathon Trials Test-8.2 mile   Road to Gold           Atlanta, GA

Mar 24-30            WMA Indoor Championships                                                     Torun, Poland

Jul 11-14              USATF Masters Outdoor Championships                                  Ames, IA

Jul 18-21              NCCWMA Outdoor Championships                                          Toronto, Canada

Dec 14                  USATF National Club Cross Country Championships              Bethlehem, PA  

The Masters LDR Committee welcomes championship bids at all distances for 2020 and beyond. The Committee is especially interested in 5K, 8K, Half Marathon, and Marathon bids for 2020. Please contact Mary Rosado, Chair at mvrosadoesq@prodigy.net.



2019 USATF Masters Grand Prix standings

Current 2019 USATF Masters Grand Prix standings after the first two events may be viewed at:

2018-2019 USATF Masters Race Walk Grand Prix Series

The USATF Masters Grand Prix Series goes from November 1, 2018 through October 31, 2019. Monetary awards will be presented to the top three women and top three men racewalkers.  The top three teams will also be recognized. The following national races are included in the series.

Mar 1-3 1500/3000m Racewalk Winston Salem, NC
Mar 17 20K Racewalk Tustin, CA
May 19 15K Racewalk Riverside, CA
May 26 30K Racewalk Hauppauge, NY
June 9 1-Hour Racewalk Waukesha, WI
July 11-14 5000m/10K Racewalk Ames, IA
Sep 1 40K Racewalk Owego, NY
Sep 8 or 15 5K Racewalk Chicago, IL

Information on any other regional or local racewalks will be added to the Masters Racewalk website as it becomes available.  Please send information to Jo Burrows (jnburrows11@gmail.com) or Dave Talcott (dwtalcott@gmail.com

To score in the USATF Masters Racewalk Grand Prix, athletes must be 35 or older.  Points will be awarded to the top ten based on the current age grading tables for men and women (10 for first, 9 for second, 8 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1). A bonus of two points will be awarded to any individual who breaks the American record for his/her 5-year age group at the race distance and five points if a world age group record is broken. 

Questions regarding the USATF Masters Racewalk Grand Prix should be directed to Dave Talcott at dwtalcott@gmail.com


USATF Masters 8 km Championships Results

Masters Athletes competed at the 2019 USATF National 8 Km Championships, hosted by the Shamrock Marathon/Towne Bank 8K, in Virginia Beach, VA on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Overall Race Winners: Women Roberta Groner 26:48 Men David Angell 25:40 Age-Grading Champions-Women Marisa Sutera Strange Men Nat Larson Individual Champions: Women 40-44 Roberta Groner 45-49 Michelle Brangan50-54 Amy Fakterowitz 55-59 Marisa Sutera Strange 60-64 Patrice Combs 65-69 Kathleen Allen 70-74 Suzanne Gibson 75-79 Madeline Bost 80-84 Tami Graf Men 40-44 David Angell 45-49 Brian Sydow50-54 Kent Lemme 55-59 Nat Larson 60-64 Roger Sayre 65-69 Tom Bernhard 70-74 Lloyd Hansen 75-79 Doug Goodhue Team Champions: Women 40+ Impala Racing Team 50+ Atlanta Track Club 60+ Atlanta Track Club Men 40+ Garden State Track Club 50+ Greater Springfield Harriers 60+ Atlanta Track Club 70+ Ann ArborTrack Club. Complete results may be viewed at: http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2019/USATF-Masters-8-km-Championships/Results.aspx

USATF Masters 10 km Championships

The fourth event on the 2019 USATF Masters Grand Prix circuit is the USATF Masters 10 km Championships at Dedham, MA on Sunday, April 28, 2019 . This race, hosted by the James Joyce Ramble, is their seventh consecutive Masters National Championship. Unique for the presence of costumed actors reading from James Joyce's Ulysses along the race course, it has become a post-Boston Marathon spring tradition in New England. Great team rivalries, within and across the regions, play out. Although it is described as a 'rolling hills' course, three current American records have been set at this course, including one last year, when the first two runners in Men's 70-74 cracked the record. Come see if another will fall this year, and stay around to enjoy the food, liquid refreshments, Awards Ceremony, and live band!
Entry Form: https://www.usatf.org/Products---Services/Event-Registration-Form.aspx?e=115931
Event Website: http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2019/USATF-Masters-10-km-Championships.aspx

Upcoming Events
2019 WMA Indoor Championships**

Torun, Poland

March 24-30, 2019
2019 USATF East/Southeast Super Regional Masters Outdoor Championships

Howard Community College

Columbia, Maryland

June 1-2, 2019


Plan Ahead

Mark your calendars for the following future events:

2019 USATF Midwest Region Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Olivet College

Olivet, Michigan

June 8, 2019

2019 National Masters Outdoor Combined Events Championships

Carroll College

Waukesha, Wisconsin

June 8-9, 2019
2019 USATF West Region Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships

West Los Angeles College

Culver City, California

June 15-16, 2019 (Location is firm; Dates are tentative)
2019 USATF Southwest Region Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Hutto High School

Hutto, Texas

June 29-30, 2019 

2019 USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

July 11-14, 2019

2019 NCCWMA Championships

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

July 18-21, 2019

2019 National Masters Throws Championships

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois 

August 3-4, 2019

2019 USATF Northwest Region Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships

West Seattle Stadium

Seattle, Washington

August 10, 2019 
 2019 USATF Mid America Region Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado

August 24-25, 2019 (Location is firm; Dates are tentative) 

2020 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

March 13-15, 2020

2020 USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships

North Carolina A&T University

Greensboro, North Carolina

July 9-12, 2020

2020 WMA Outdoor Championships

Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

July 20-August 1, 2020
2021 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships

The Armory

New York, New York

March 19-21, 2021

2021 WMA Indoor Championships**

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

April 6-13, 2021
2021 USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Sacramento State University

Sacramento, California

Late July/Early August 2021

2022 WMA Outdoor Championships

Gothenburg, Sweden

August 17-27, 2022
** Indicates WMA Championship


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