Over this past weekend Tony Young of Redmond won a masters 1500 meter race that was held as part of the USATF Indoor National Championships in Boston. Tony’s time of 3:57.91 was almost 10 seconds ahead of the second place finisher and beat the world record for the 45 and over age group by about 4 and a half seconds. This was Tony’s third world record this year! On January 30th Tony ran a 4:13.25 for the mile, which is the fastest mile by a 45 and over runner ever, indoor or outdoor. However, since it was on the oversized UW track it doen’t actually count as a world record. Then on February 14th Tony ran a 1:55.70 800 again beating the 45+ age group world recond. But once again, since it was on the oversized UW track it will not count as an official world record.
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On January 31st at the UW Invitational at the Dempsey Indoor track 46 year old Tony Young of Redmond, WA ran a 4:13.25 in the mile. This was not only faster than indoor world record for age 45 and over but the fastest mile indoor or outdoor that a runner 45 or older has ever run. Unfortunately, since the UW indoor track is an oversized track Tony’s time will not count as the official world record. The official indoor mile record is 4:21.90 by Albin Swenson. The previous fastest indoor or outdoor mile was a 4:16.09, which Tony ran outdoors last year down in Gresham, OR. If you would like to see a video of Tony’s indoor world record, it is at Flotrack.com. Also, you can see a post race interview with Tony at Runnerspace.com.
I am currently working on putting together a list of outdoor track meets in Northwest that will be available to open and masters runners to compete in this spring and summer. Hopefully I will have that up soon. But I do want to let everyone know that one of the best masters track meets around (don’t forget that you only have to be 30 to compete in masters track meets), the Hayward Classic in Eugene, OR has been cancelled for 2009.
According to an e-mail I received from Ruth BreMiller of the Oregon Track Club, they were unable to secure the use of Hayward Field and the other options that were available were not adequate to put on a high quality meet. However, Ruth did go on to tell me that they already have a firm commitment to use Hayward Field in late June 2010. So the Hayward Classic will be back next year.
When it comes to running indoor track in western Washington there is really only one place to go, the UW. The UW has a great indoor facility and they host several meets every winter. Below is a list of indoor meets at the UW that allow non-collegiate runners to enter. I will also post the list of indoor meets on the Race Schedule page of this blog. I will try to keep the list of meets on the Race Schedule page up to date as well as post any info I have about each meet. So please let me know if I am missing any meets or info.
UW Winter Preview Meet, Dempsey Indoor, University of Washington
UW Indoor Preview Meet, Dempsey Indoor, University of Washington
UW Invitational, Dempsey Indoor, University of Washington
The Husky Classic, Dempsey Indoor, University of Washington
UW Indoor Open, Dempsey Indoor, University of Washington
UW Last Chance Qualifier, Dempsey Indoor, University of Washington