Pierce, Johnson, Stamm Highlight Virginians At Masters Championships in Florida

7/28/2015
 
Over the weekend fourteen (15) Virginia members competed in the USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Jacksonville, Florida.  During the 4-day competition the athletes accumulated twenty-one (21); including eight (8) national titles.  The championships attracted an estimated 1000 athletes who competed in 5-year divisions starting at the age of 30.  The oldest competitor was 98 years of age.
Multiple national titles were won by Erika Pierce (Charlottesville) and Sheldon Johnson, Sr.(Newport News) with each winning two events.  

Brian Atkin (Culpeper), Pete Gibson (Murfreesboro, NC / Colonial Road Runners), Jessica Johnson (Gainesville), Marquita Mines (Doswell / Pony Express TC), Marioky Scott (Hampton), and Bernhard Stamm (Ashburn) were all crowned as national champions for winning their events.  


Double Trouble
Winning two national titles each were Erika Pierce and Sheldon Johnson, Sr.

Pierce, competing  in the 40-44 division, won the 400m hurdles in 1:06.52 and the javelin with a throw of 31.35m.  Her 400m hurdles time scored 89.89% on the masters age grading tables (90% is considered to be a world class performance).

Johnson, Sr. won the men’s 50-54 titles in the hammer throw (51.55m) and the weight throw (17.14m). Earlier in the year Johnson, Sr. won the weight throw title at the USATF Indoor Championships in North Carolina

The Best
The overall best single performance, based on the masters age-grading tables, was turned by Bernhard Stamm in the M75 high jump.  The 77 year old cleared 1.30m (4-3¼) which scored 90.28% on the tables.  His clearance was just .11m (4¼ inches) shy of the listed american record by Minnesota’s Tom Langenfeld from 2010. Stamm also finished second in the javelin throw with a mark of 37.90m

Gold And Then Some More For Leading Ladies
Winning national titles and then picking up some more hardware for second and third place finishes in other events were Jessica JohnsonMarquita Mines, and Marioky Scott.

Johnson won the W30 triple jump with a hop-skip-jump of 9.56m and then won silver medals in the high jump (1.45m) and weight throw (8.27m).  

Mines was the W30 champion in the long jump with a leap of 4.89m and finished third in the 100m in 13.65.  She adds the outdoor long jump title to her indoor title from earlier this year.

Scott ran the medal trifecta as she won gold, silver, and bronze in the W45 division. She won the 80m hurdles (15.13), finished second in the high jump (1.20m), and rounded things out with a third place in the long jump (3.92m).

The M50 Specialists
While some come to the championships and compete in multiple events, others come to see how well they can do as a specialist in one event.  Winning their events were co-M50 division athletes Brian Atkin (javelin throw - 40.51m) and Pete Gibson (10,000m - 37.23.23).  Gibson successfully defended his title from last year in the 10,000m.  Running in oppressive conditions his performanace scored a very impressive 86.92%.

Reaching the Podium
While not reaching the top level of the awards podium, Michael Hanks (Newport News), James Crocker, Jr. (Hampton), Ronald Humphrey (Chesapeake) and Willie Randolph (Charlottesville / U.S. Coast Guard) all picked up hard fought and well deserved medals for their top three finishes.

Hanks won two silver medals in the M50 division with second place finishes in the long jump and triple jump.

Crocker, Jr. finished third in the M35 800m.

Humphrey placed third in the M55 triple jump and also finished fourth in the long jump.

Randolph, an assistant coach at the University of Virginia, picked up a third place finish i the M40 400m hurdles in his first national master championships. Randolph who has shed 30 lbs. over the past 18 months in preparation for the championships had this to offer following his race, “ Achieving what I did today with so much support was really a humbling experience.  Watching those that are in their latter years getting after it has forever changed me.” 

Record Relay For Chantry 
Steve Chantry (Williamsburg) chose to forego running any individual events to focus on an attempt on the M60 4x800m relay world and american records. Running with three non-Virginians, his decision was rewarded as the quartet successfully broke the both records running 9:30.92.  Chantry ran the third leg in 2:23.  The previous world record was 9:33.95 set in 1992 by a team from Holland and the previous american record was 9:35.99 by the SoCal Track Club in 2005.  The world record was the oldest relay record (for masters or open athletes) on the books.  

"Our main goal was to go after this record, offered Chantry. "Since my return to competition after my Achilles surgery, I have become more careful with my racing. I had to continue my training closer to this relay than I would normally do because I am competing at the World Masters Championships in less than two weeks in Lyon, France. Too much racing would leave me "dead legged" for worlds."


Virginia results        complete meet results

Place

Name

Div

Event

City

Performance

1

Brian Atkin

M50-54

Javelin Throw

Culpeper, VA

40.51 m

1

Pete Gibson

M55-59

10000m

Murfreesboro, NC / Colonial 

37:23.23

1

Jessica Johnson

W30-34

Triple Jump

Gainesville, VA

9.56m

1

Sheldon Johnson, Sr.

M50-54

Hammer Throw

Newport News, VA

51.55m

1

Sheldon Johnson, Sr.

M50-54

Weight Throw

Newport News, VA

17.14m

1

Marquita Mines

W30-34

Long Jump

Doswell, VA / Pony Express TC

4.89m

1

Erika Pierce

W40-44

400m Hurdles

Charlottesville, VA

1:06.52

1

Erika Pierce

W40-44

Javelin Throw

Charlottesville, VA

31.35m

1

Marioky Scott

W45-49

80m Hurdles

Hampton, VA

15.13

1

Bernhard Stamm

M75-79

High Jump

Ashburn, VA

1.30m

2

Michael Hanks

M50-54

Long Jump

Newport News, VA

5.90m

2

Michael Hanks

M50-54

Triple Jump

Newport News, VA

12.65m

2

Jessica Johnson

W30-34

High Jump

Gainesville, VA

1.45m

2

Jessica Johnson

W30-34

Weight Throw

Gainesville, VA

8.27m

2

Marioky Scott

W45-49

High Jump

Hampton, VA

1.20m

2

Bernhard Stamm

M75-79

Javelin Throw

Ashburn, VA

37.90m

3

James Crocker, Jr.

M35-39

800m

Hampton, VA

2:08.16

3

Ronald Humphrey

M55-59

Triple Jump

Chesapeake, VA

10.75m

3

Marquita Mines

W30-34

100m

Doswell, VA / Pony Express TC

13.65

3

Willie Randolph

M40-44

400m Hurdles

Charlottesville, VA / U.S. Coast Guard

1:05.16

3

Marioky Scott

W45-49

Long Jump

Hampton, VA

3.92m

4

Ronald Humphrey

M55-59

Long Jump

Chesapeake, VA

5.05 m

5

Ronald Humphrey

M55-59

200m

Chesapeake, VA

25.23

5

Linda Kelly

W55-59

Shot Put

Williamsburg, VA

8.29m

7

Richard Moon

M65-69

800m

Charlottesville, VA

3:01.30

Q

Ronald Humphrey

M55-59

200m

Chesapeake, VA

25.31

Q = qualified to finals


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