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Featured Masters Athletes

2019 Year in Review


During 2019, the Atlanta Track Club Masters Team accomplished something that no other club-at least in recent memory-had ever done. At the USATF Masters Club Grand Prix the team had earned podium finishes in all eight age groups-M40+ through M70+ and W40+ through W70+. Well in the just concluded year, our Masters Team topped that, leaving Pennsylvania's Lehigh University with either first or second place finishes for every division. M60+, W50+, W60+, and W70+ were national champions. M40+, M50+, M70+ and W40+ were second. That isn't just prestige either-although that is a big part of it. It's also winnings of $6,000 for the club.

Podium finishers on the women's side were Jill Braly (1st) and Hiroko Guarnieri (3rd) in W40-44; Missy Shah (2nd) and Laurie Wharton (3rd) in W50-54; Kris Huff (2nd) in W55-59; Patrice Combs (1st), Mimi Silva (2nd) and Cindy Williams (3rd) in W60-64; Kathy Allen (1st) in W65-69; Carol Rhodes (2nd) in W70-74; and Catherine Radle (1st) in W75-79.

On the men's side, Brian Sydow (1st) in M45-49; Lester Dragstedt (3rd) in M55; Ken Youngers (1st) and Mike Anderson (3rd) in M60-64; Kirk Larson (3rd) in M65-69; Jerry Learned (3rd) in M70-74; Andrew Sherwood (3rd) in M75-79; and David Turner (2nd in M80-84).

The team also recorded 4th place finishes from Margaret Taylor, Brent Fields, Gary Droze, Jeff Dundas, Dave Glass and Ed Bligh.

In sum, the 2019 Masters Team exceeded expectations and looks forward to some good efforts and results in 2020.

USATF 5 km Championships

August 18, 2018

Hosted in Atlanta at the Atlanta's Finest 5K, Atlanta Track Club's Masters Team dominated the team competition while picking up a score of national titles and top-five finishes. Laurie Knowles won her first-ever title and was the first woman to cross the line in 17:26. Alan Black finished third in the mens 40-44 age group, while Brent Fields finished second in the 45-49 age group. Betty Lindbergh also won her first-ever national title, as the 93-year old finished in 51:56. View the full results at the link below.

USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships

July 26-29, 2018

ATLANTA – July 31, 2018 – A year after winning the USATF National Masters Track & Field Championship in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Atlanta Track Club’s Masters team traveled to Spokane, Washington to compete in the 2018 Championships this past weekend. Though they were unable to defend their title, the team delivered yet another set of impressive performances. So Cal Track Club took home the team title, but Atlanta Track Club went home with a slew of top-five finishes. Jeanne Daprano, the world record holder in the W70 mile, the W75 400 meters and W75 800 meters had a characteristically phenomenal weekend. She collected three gold medals in the women’s 80-84 division, winning the 1500m, 400m and 800m, while also finishing third in the 100m. Joel Dubow took home a pair of gold medals in the men’s 75-79 division with wins in the 10,000m race walk and the 5,000m race walk. On the field, Tom Fraker Jr. dominated the men’s 60-64 age group with gold medals in the hammer and weight throw competitions, while Sid Davis submitted a standout performance in the men’s 80-84 age group with a 4th place finishes in the hammer and weight throw and a 5th place finish in the discus. In the jumps, Atlanta Track Club also had Catherine Radle win the women’s 70-74 pole vault and Jim Sauers set the American record as he won the 70-74 high jump. Regina Richardson won a silver and bronze in the women’s 50-54 in the triple jump and long, jump, respectively. See below for a full listing of the top performances of the weekend and a link to the full results.

USATF 1 Mile Masters Championships

August 25, 2018

Alan Black won the overall event in 4:43 as Atlanta Track Club put on a strong display throughout the race, including women's 50+, 60+ and 70+ team championships.