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THE 2015 NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES SCHEDULE POSTED

The 2015 National Senior Games to be held in Bloomington/Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota has been posted their event schedule. The Games will take place July 3 thru 16, 2015. The track and field events will be contested Sunday July 5 thru Tuesday, July 14. In addition to the track and field, there will be a 5K and 10K Road Races and a 1500 Meter and 5K Race Walks. Visit the National Senior Games Association’s webpage for complete up to date details.

The track events will be contested at St. Thomas University in St. Paul. The 1500 meter race walk events will be on the track and start at the St. Thomas University in St. Paul. The 5K race walk will be on the roads in the St. Paul area. The road races will all start at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.

For those of you that are new to the Senior Games, individual sports are offered separately to men and women in 5 year increments starting at age 50 and going to 100 years of age.
 

COACH PHILLIP WRIGHT JR. COMPETES AT 2014 NCCWMA

Phil Wright Jr., coach and club member of Team Ohio Track Club competed at the 2014 North, Central American and Caribbean World Master Athletics Championships. Coach Wright joined 80 USA athletes, 26 women and 54 men, at the National Stadium in La Sabana Metropolitan Park in San Jose, Costa Rica for the 2014 NCCWMA Championships.

The NCCWMA Masters Championships is a Regional International event organized by the World Masters Athletics. From August 21 thru August 24, a total of 608 athletes, age 30 and up, from 23 countries traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica to compete on the track, in the field and on the road.

Ohio Association member Phil Wright Jr. competed in two individual events, the open 400 meters (55.58 and 3rd place) and 800 meters (2:10.57 and 3rd place). He was also member of the USA 4 x 400 relay team with Calvin Padgett, Robert Thomas and Derek Pye. The foursome completed the hotly contested 4 x 400 meters with a time of 3:47.23, finishing 2nd to the 3:46.91 time of Costa Rica.

Congratulations Coach Wright.

For complete results visit the Meets Website.

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OHIO MASTER THROWERS EXCEL AT
USA MASTERS THROWS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Six Ohio Master Throwers made the trip to the College of the Holy Cross in Worchester MA to compete in the 2014 USA Masters Throws Championships. Five of the six competed both days.

Day One of the meet was the Pentathlon, which includes the hammer, shot put, discus, javelin and weight throws. This is a very long day for the competitors and even harder on the officials working the events. On Day Two they return for the Ultra Weight and the Super Weight competitions.

OHIO COMPETITORS (both Ohio and Lake Erie Associations)
  • Jamine Kuestner of North Canton ~ three first place finishes
  • Mary Hartzler of Gahanna ~ three first place finishes
  • Cindy Wyatt of Lewis Center ~ three first place finishes
  • Kunle Lawson of Columbus ~ three first place finishes
  • John Wirtz of Avon Lake ~ one first and two second place finishes
  • Michael Bitsko of Bevercreek ~ sixth place finish (a very strong field of competitors)

For complete results: Women's Pentathlon; Men's Pentathlon; Ultraweight Pentathlon; Superweight;

There were nineteen (19) American Records set during the championships. Mary Hartzler and Cindy Wyatt accounted for nine of those records. Mary Hartzler (W65-69) have the following records pending: Jav: 22.55m (New 500g Implement), Throws Pent. Pts = 4218, Ultra Pent Pts = 4025, and Super Wt: 9.30m. Cindy Wyatt (W70-74) have the following pending records: SP: 9.03m, DT: 24.71m, Jav: 14.70m (New 500g Implement), Throws Pent. Pts = 4028, and Ultra Pent. Pts = 3657. Congratulations ladies on a fine performance.

A special thanks to Nicole Bullock of the New England Association for the following pictures from Day Two of the competition and the complete set of final results that are posted above.

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2014 USA MASTERS OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Thirty-seven Ohioans, eight women and twenty-nine men, representing the Ohio and Lake Erie Associations made the trip to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to compete against the best Master competitors from all over the United States. Wake Forest is a fantastic facility on a beautiful campus. Numerous first place metals were brought back to Ohio.

A complete set of results have been provided by Finish Timing, the official timing company for this year's championships. In order to make it easier to locate the Ohio competitors, all Ohioans have been highlighted in yellow. Result sheets are so detailed that all attemps in the Field Events are provided just as if you were scoring the event yourself. A special thank you to Mike Chatfield and Finish Timing for their help.

Congratulations to all the Ohio competitors for a great effort. Check out the results.
 

2014 MASTERS LDR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Date Distance Race Name Location
2/02/2014 Half Marathon Melbourne Music and Beaches Melbourne, FL
2/23/2014 8 Km Brea 8 Km Brea, CA
4/27/2014 10 Km James Joyce Ramble Dedham, MA
8/02/2014 1 Mile HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races Flint, MI
10/05/2014 Marathon Twin Cities Marathon St. Paul, MN
10/05/2014 5 Km Syracuse Festival of Races Syracuse, NY
10/25/2014 15 Km Tulsa Run Tulsa, OK
11/16/2014 12 Km Combined Masters/Open 12 Km Championships Boulder, CO


FLASHBACK TO 1975

The photo below is from 1975 and is of a current member of the Ohio Association. His name is Jeff Yoest. Jeff attended Otterbein College in Westerville in the 1970's and was obviously a steeple chaser. Jeff is now a Masters athlete and is participating in a variety of events. Our guess, by looking at the photo, is that Jeff will be bypassing the Steeplechase. Notice in the caption that the Steeplechase, at least at this meet was an exhibition race. How far have we come today?

Thanks Jeff for the photo and the look back. Good luck on a successful season.


OHIO SENIOR OLYMPICS NEWS AND UPDATES

SOUTHWEST REGION GAMES (CINCINNATI): Senior Games begin April 4 with 14 different sports including Track & Field. Registration deadline is March 28. Visit the Southwest Region Games webpage for more information.
AKRON GAMES: The Senior Games in the Akron area are scheduled to begin April 27 and run thru May 26. The registration deadline is 2 weeks prior to the individual event. Visit the Tri-County Senior Olympics webpage for additional information.
LAKE COUNTY/CLEVELAND GAMES: The Senior Games in the Lake County and Cleveland area are May 31 and June 2 thru June 6.
CENTRAL OHIO/COLUMBUS GAMES: The Central Ohio Area Senior Games are scheduled for June 7 thru June 28. Visit the Central Ohio Senior Games webpage for detail schedule of each event and additional information.
DAYTON/MIAMI VALLEY AREA GAMES: Senior Games begin April 20 and run thru May 20 in the Dayton and Miami Valley Area. Registration deadline is April 16. Visit the Miami Valley Games webpage for more information.
LIMA AREA GAMES: The Lima Area Senior Games are scheduled to start on June 2 and run thru June 15. Registration deadline is May 18.
NORTHEAST REGIONGAMES: The Senior Games in the Northeast Region are scheduled for May 30 thru June 10.

For up to date information on the Ohio Senior Games, visit the Ohio Senior Games webpage. The State Senior Games begin June 20 and is the qualifying competition for the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis / St. Paul. The schedule and registration details are being finalized for the Ohio Senior Games and expected to be release very soon so please check back.
 

LYMAN ENGLAND MEMORIAL CLASSIC
OPEN AND MASTERS MEET

Chillicothe, Ohio will be offering a small block of events for Open and Master Athletes in conjunction with the second annual Lyman England Memorial Classic Developmental Meet on June 14, 2014 at Chillicothe High School. Rose's Running Club with the support of the Chillicothe Track & Field Official's Association will be conducting the meet. All of the entry fees will be donated to the Lyman England Scholarship Fund, which awards two scholarships to track and/or field athletes from  South Central Ohio. Check out the meet flyer and registration form. Results.

2014 OHIO SENIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2014 Ohio Senior Olympic Championships will be hosted by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on June 20 thru June 29. The Championships will be a qualifier for the 2015 National Senior Games to be conducted in Minneapolis in 2015. Visit the Ohio Senior Olympics webpage for more information.
 

2013 USA MASTERS THROWS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2013 USA Masters Throws Championships was conducted at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois on August 3 and 4. This year's championships were the largest to date with five additional female competitors and 22 male competitors. For the two day event, there were a total of 177 competitors. The competition included a Throws Pentathlon (Hammer, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin and Weight) on Saturday and then on Sunday the Ultras Pentathlon and Superweight Throws. This was one of the best managed meets thanks to Sue Hallen and Ruth welding and their large support staff.

The Ohio Association was represented by Mary Hartzler in the Women's 60-64 division of the Women's Throw Pentathlon and Michael Bitsko in the Men's 70-74 division of the Men's Throws Pentathlon. Mary finished second with a silver medal in her division with 3,633 points with throws of 32.28m in the hammer, 9.16m in the shot put, 22.39 in the discus, 21.83m in the javelin and a 12.58m in the weight throw. Michael finished fourth in his division with 3,549 points. He had throws of 42.01m in the hammer, 11.43m in the shot put, 28.96 in the discus, 21.15m in the javelin and a 14.92m in the weight throw.

A complete list of results can be found on the USATF National Events page.

Mary Hartzler at the 2013 USATF Masters Throws Championships

WORLD MASTERS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The XX World Masters Athletics Championships will be held October 16-27 in Porto Allegre, Brazil.  The championships are conducted in five year age groups starting at 35 and the program includes:
  • Track events from 100 to 10,000 meters, hurdles, steeplechase, and relays
  • All field events
  • Multi-events, including a Throws Pentathlon
  • Cross Country
  • Race-walking (Track and Road events)
  • Half and Full Marathon
Entry and additional important athlete information can be found at here. The entry deadline is August 10.

2013 USA MASTERS OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

The 2013 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships was held at the Olathe District Activity Center (ODAC) in Olathe Kansas on July 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th. Ten members of the Ohio Association made the trip to Olathe with excellent results. Ohio Association members competed in 8 age group divisions bringing home six first place medals, eight second place medals and four third place medals. Mary Robinson should be presented the Iron-Women award for competing in six individual events, bringing home two firsts, two seconds and two thirds. Congratulations to all that competed and gave their best effort. For a composite list of those Ohio Association members and a summary of their results can be found here. A complete list of all of the event results for the 2013 USA Masters Outdoor Championships have been posted on the National Events webpage.

Our fellow Ohioans from the Lake Erie Association also competed in Olathe. The Lake Erie Association gather ten first place medals, seven second place medals and four third place medals plus one team medal for the Men's 60-69 4x100 relay. Of those 21 individual medals won by the members of the Lake Erie Association, George Roudebush, 88 years young, brought home eight of those medals plus was a member of the Men's 60-69 4x100 Relay team. For a composite list of the Lake Erie Association members and their results can be found here


USA Masters Throws Championships
 

August 3-4, 2013
Benedictine University
Lisle, Illinois

ON-LINE REGISTRATION DEADLINES
  • EARLY REGISTRATION CLOSES ON 7/22/13 at 11:59 PM CST
  • LATE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON 7/26/13 at 11:59 PM CST


2013 USATF MIDWEST REGION OPEN AND INDIANIA ASSOCIATION OPEN & MASTERS OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

When and Where: June 8th, 2013 at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Eligibility: USATF members and clubs from the following Associations are eligible to score in this meet: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Lake Erie, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Athletes who are not members of these Associations may compete as guests but will not officially score in the championships.

Age Divisions: Ages of athlete on June 8, 2013. Open (14-29) and Masters (30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69.............)

Entry Fees: All entries must be submitted online. There will be no onsite registration. Visit www.Indiana.usatf.org to enter this meet.  

 

2013 USA MASTERS OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

July 11 - 14, 2013
Olathe, Kansas

Olathe is excited to welcome USATF Masters athletes! With citizens that embody Midwestern hospitality, Olathe is big on local charm: "A home town flavor with the big city amenities and a quality of life second to none!" The Olathe Convention & Visitors Bureau and the USATF Missouri Valley Association are committed to ensuring that your competition exerience will be first class and that during your stay you will experience first-hand the hometown flavor of Olathe. Please visit VisitOlathe.org for all of your travel planning needs while in Olathe.

Athlete Informational Links:

 

2013 USA MASTERS INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2013 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships was held at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover Maryland on March 22nd, 23rd and 24th. The Ohio Association was well represented by 17 members, garnering two first places, three second places and six third places. Congratulations to all that competed and gave their best effort. For a composite list of those Ohio Association members and a summary of their results can be found here. A complete set of the 2013 USA Masters Indoor Championship results have been posted on the National Events page.
 

NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES ARE COMING TO OHIO

The 2013 National Senior Games are coming to the Greater Cleveland Area July 19 thru August, 2013. The Senior games involve athletes 50 years of age and older, competing in 19 different sports including track & field, road racing and race walking.Visit the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission webpage for further information.

Track & Field events are scheduled over eight days, July 23 thru 30, and are split by age groups 50-64 and 65-100+. Events are currently schedule to be contested at Baldwin Wallace University. The Hammer will be contested at the Cuyahoga County Fair Grounds. Visit the NSGA Track & Field website for more information.

Race Walk events are scheduled over two days, July 30 (1500 metes) on the track at Baldwin Wallace University and July 31 (5000 meters) on the roads in Downtown Cleveland. Visit the NSGA Race Walk website for more information.

LDR Road Race events are scheduled for July 20 (10K) on the streets of Downtown Cleveland and July 23 (5K) at the Cleveland Metropark Zoo. Visit the NSGA Road Race website for more information.

The National Senior Games are not a USATF sanctioned event.
 

USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships

The 2013 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held March 22-24 at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland. Entry and additional athlete information can be found here. The on-time entry deadline is February 22.

USA Masters Throws Championships

The 2013 USA Masters Throws Championships will be contested at Benedictine University in Lisle Illinois on August 3 and 4, 2013. The championships will be hosted by Sue Hallen and Ruth Welding in conjunction with the Illinois Association. The entry form will be posted soon on the USATF website. Check back for updates.

USATF Ohio Open & Masters Cross Country Championships

USATF Ohio will be conducting the 2012 USATF Ohio Open and Masters Championships on November 10, 2012 at Hilliard Davidson High School in Hilliard, Ohio. The Open Men and Women 5K Race and the Masters Men and Women 5K race will be run at the simultaneously starting at 10:00 a.m. Race entry will be on site, day of the meet starting at 9:30 a.m. Entry fee is $6.00.

Race Results

Photos have been uploaded to the "Association Events ~ Past" page which can be found under the Events tab.

 

2012 USA MASTERS OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships was held at Benedictine University in Lisle Illinois August 2 thru August 5. The Ohio Association was well represented by 31 members. Those Ohio Association members brought home 15 first place finishes, 15 second place finishes and 13 third place finishes. Congratulations to all that completed and gave their best effort. For a list of Ohio Association member and a summary of their results, click here. For a complete set of the 2012 USA Masters Outdoor Championships results, follow this link: http://www.usatf.org/events/2012/USAMastersOutdoorTFChampionships/results/complete_hometown.asp

 

2012 USA MASTERS OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2012 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be contested this week, August 2 thru 5 at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Good luck to all the Ohio Association members that will be competing.

2012 OHIO SENIOR GAMES ~ TRACK & FIELD RESULTS

Congratulations to all that competed at the 2012 Ohio Senior Games. Race results can be found at http://www.ohioseniorolympics.org/index.php?p=85

2012 OHIO SENIOR GAMES ~ TRACK & FIELD

The official site for the Ohio Senior Games Track and Field events for this year will be contested on July 28, 2012. This year's Games will be at Case Field at Case Western Reserve University, 115th Street in Cleveland, Ohio. The start time is 8:30 a.m. The Ohio Senior Games information can be found at: http://www.nsga.com/state-senior-games/summer-games/ohio/2012-ohio-senior-olympics
Please note that all participants for the 2013 National Senior Games, which will also be conducted in Cleveland, must qualify via participation in their state games or an open state's games (Ohio is open). Participants must be 50 years of age and older.