Karen Steen Shatters World Steeplechase Record at the 2009 National Masters Meet

Karen Steen traveled from Olympia (WA) to the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh intent on setting a world record in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, and did exactly that in one of the most exciting races at the 2009 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Six world records and 21 American records were set at the meet.

Steen, an outstanding runner at Pacific Lutheran University and now one of the premier runners in the Pacific Northwest, bolted to the Front at Titan Stadium, when the gun sounded her 45-49 age group start event. It was from the beginning that if Steen set a world record in the searing heat of Wisconsin realized it would only run at the front.

She was among more than 1,000 athletes aged between 30 and 95 +, the competition in this 4-day combined to determine the best of the best runners in the nation, jumpers and throwers to.

The spectators at a record level Steen efforts, including myself, were immediately aware of their presence asSpeaker of the track was quickly pointed out that after the first 400 meters from this grueling 5-round trial over 3 hurdles and a water obstacle Steen each round was on world record pace.

Watching their progress for 3 more rounds of the fans shouted words of encouragement as they passed, and then a rousing crescendo, she welcomed into the home stretch, when it was realized that their protocol for entering and roared home in 7:07.49 to break the old record by more than 9 seconds (7:16.90 by JulieLeonard Switzerland in 2004).

Almost at the moment of triumph Karen Steen lost power, was the fact that both the runner-up in the race Andi Camp (30-34 in 7:17.28) and 3rd Place finisher Lisa Valle (40-44 in 7:17.36) – were within 1 seconds to break the world record.

Steen, who has averaged about 5:42 per mile, no stranger to world records. In 2005 she established the world mark for 2000-meter steeplechase in the group 40-44, by 7:05.06.

Steen, who runs Club Northwest, would be 2 days later returned to win the 1500 in an American-record time of 4:48.08 to. Your individual performance was probably the best of the times of pure athlete in the Nationals, with 98.85% of the age-grade rating.

A close second attempt to Karen Steen came Sabra Harvey of Houston, is running in the group 60-64. Harvey Steen voted world record with its own, won the 800 in 2:34.66, and then again in 1500 in a recording > American-record 5:22.50.

Harvey is a graphic designer, jogging began 9 years ago and only started to compete in the Masters last year, proving once again that you never know what you are until you try.

Other world records were set by Audrey Lary (75-79) in the 400 (1:27.41), Florence "Flo Meiler (75-79) in the 80-meter hurdles (18.63), Frank Levine (95-99 ) in the 5,000 (50:10.56) and Leland McPhie (95-99) in the long jump (1.93 meters/6-04).

> American records were set by Flo Meiler in the 200 hurdles (46.68) and pentathlon (4783 points), Becky Sisley (70-74) in the 80 meter hurdles (17.32), 200 meter hurdles (43.87) and spear (26.09m / 85-07); Leland McPhie of 3 kg shot put (6.87m/22-06.5) and triple jump (4.00m/13-01.5), Max Springer (95-99) in the 100 (29, to throw 31) and 400 (2:45.36) and Audrey Lary (75-79) in the triple jump (7.43m/24-04.25) and weight (10.40m/34-01.5).

More American records in the fieldEvents were Bruce McBarnette (45-49) in the high jump (1.93m/6-04), Robert Ward (75-79) in the discus throw (41.18m/135-01); Harriett Blömker (75-79) set in the javelin ( 22.54m/73-11.5) and 4 others in the weight class objection Jennifer Stephens (35-39) on 10.49m/34-05, Myrle Mensey (60-64) to 15.73m/51-07.75, Lillian Snader (80-84 ) on 6.92m/22-08, and Ronald Summers (55-59) to 18.18m/57-07.75.

Two American 5000-meter run-walk records were from Shirley Dockstader (75-79) and placed in 34:34.60John Starr (80-84) in 33:57.72.

Kathryn (Kathy) Martin (55-59), which will meet at the same time last year and win gold medals in the 800, 1,500, 5,000, 10,000 and 2,000 meter obstacle, again won the 4 events she entered this year, 1,500 (5 dominates: 22.93), 5,000 (19:46.47), 10,000 (40:04.03) and the 2000 barrier (8:26.86) they finished 5th in the overall standings of the church tower and 1 Place in her age group. Last year, the American Record Martin sat in the bell tower with a 8:23.20 clocking.

UnderNon-bests that have caught my eye Lonnie Hooker (45-49) in the 100 (10.93) and 200 (22.46), Bill Collins (55-59) in the 100 (11.56) and 400 ( 54.87), Steve Robbins (65-69) in the 100 (12.66); Antwon Dussett (30-34) in the 400 (47.17), Steve Gallegos (50-54) in the 800 (2: 10.70) and 1,500 (4:22.47), Christine Olen (40-44) in the 1,500 (4:45.98), Jan Frisby (M65-69) in the 1,500 (5:09.25) and 5,000 (19:20.54), and Tom Bernard (55-59) in the 5,000 (17:06.84).

Others wereRichard Cochran (70-74) in the discus (47.79m), Cochran won the bronze medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, and Ed Burke (65-69) in the hammer (50.62), Burke was a 3-time and Olympic flag bearer for the United States team at the opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Copyright © 2009 Ed Bagley

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