Atlanta Track Club Masters

About Our Teams

Atlanta Track Club's Masters Team is an inclusive group of competitive athletes representing all ability levels united in our desire to reach our individual potential through continuous improvement. We represent Atlanta Track Club in the running, racewalking, and track and field communities through our commitment to preparation, sportsmanship, camaraderie and competition. We are more than a collection of individuals; we are a team of excellence accepting all athletes that share a love of athletics. We work hard, support our teammates and competitors, and have fun. We are Atlanta Track Club.

Who Can Join

Atlanta Track Club's Masters Team is open to athletes of all abilities that are serious about competing locally, regionally, and nationally. We welcome men and women of all disciplines and are committed to reflecting the diversity of both Atlanta and the larger athletics community. All participants must be members of Atlanta Track Club, agree to the policies found in the team handbook, commit to volunteering with the Club, and uphold the values of the organization. Additionally, we follow the formal rules set forth by USATF regarding eligibility.

Long Distance Running

  • Men: 40+ years of age
  • Women: 40+ years of age

Track and Field

  • Men: 25+ years of age
  • Women: 25+ years of age

Athletes below the age range should see Atlanta Track Club's Open Team.

If you are interested in joining the team, please take a moment to reach out to your Team Captain to introduce yourself. Please include your name, age, and a brief background including your preferred events and recent performances.

Long Distance Running (LDR) Team Captains

Track and Field Team Captains

Prospective team members must first speak with a captain and be a member of Atlanta Track Club. You can join the Club here. Then you may register for the team here. Uniforms and other team apparel can be purchased at the time of registration. The team handbook can be found here.

REGISTER

Regular Practice Locations and Times
Sprints
Cheney Stadium: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Contact - David Henry, damichael_1970@hotmail.com

Middle Distance/Distance
Piedmont Park (active oval): Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Club Night

Throws
Cheney Stadium: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Contact - Tom Fraker, tom_fraker@yahoo.com
*in the winter, this group meet at the Atlanta Track Club Headquarters

Atlanta Track Club strongly believes that the future of masters athletics is grounded in a robust competitive environment featuring local clubs and local athletes. As a result, our masters team is primarily made up of Atlantans and Georgians. Athletes in border states with a history Atlanta Track Club membership are also eligible for joining. Athletes that do no have a local club with a competitive masters team within a reasonable driving distance may have the opportunity to join. All volunteer expectations are still required for athletes residing outside of Georgia.

Travel and Competitions

While there is a competition schedule focused exclusively on masters athletes, team members more often travel and compete in the iconic Winged A as individuals based on their geography and preferences with a few exceptions. Age group teams contest the USATF LDR Grand Prix, a series of national championships around the country, and those races are organized and arranged by each age group coordinator. In most years, some travel support is provided for those team members that have fulfilled the volunteer requirements and met the other expectations detailed in our team handbook.

Atlanta Track Club also sponsors a limited outdoor track and field schedule based in Atlanta that will be shared in team newsletters. We contest the Georgia and Southeast Regional Championships both indoors and outdoors. Finally, in most years, we bring a comprehensive track and field team to the USATF Masters Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Some travel support is provided for those team members competing that have fulfilled the volunteer requirements and met the other expectations detailed in our team handbook.

Standards for complimentary entry for Atlanta Track Club's paid LDR events can be found here.

Atlanta Track Club Masters Team list of preferred medical and health and wellness providers can be found here.

Atlanta Track Club Masters Teams compete at the highest level in national and international competitions. Numerous national championships, American and World records have been set by the Winged A of Atlanta Track Club.

The Club's teams won the 2022 USATF Masters Outdoor Track and Field Men's, Women's and Combined team national championships and the 2023 Women's and Combined team national championships. Additionally, three age group teams won the USATF Masters LDR Grand Prix and two were runners-up.

Since 2010, Atlanta Track Club has earned the following at USATF Masters National Championships in Long Distance Running, Indoor, and Outdoor Track and Field:

Individual and Relay Medals
1st - 725
2nd - 597
3rd - 518

*updated 1/22/24 and includes USATF XC Championships

Team Trophies
1st - 169
2nd - 103
3rd - 68

End of Year Individual and Team
USATF LDR Grand Prix Placing

1st - 57
2nd - 45
3rd - 42

*updated 1/22/24 and includes USATF XC Championships

Featured Masters Athletes

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Top Performances: Age-graded over 90% at the Masters 5K Championships

Patrice Combs

Birthday: January 25, 1982

College: The University Of Southern Mississippi

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Favorite Event: 200m

Year Joined Atlanta Track Club Masters: 2016

Recent Top Performances: Multiple National and World Championships, 4x100m Masters American Record Holder

Durran Dunn

Birthday: January 22, 1972

Birthplace: Milledgeville, GA

Favorite Event: 10K

Years Joined Atlanta Track Club Masters: 2015

Recent Top Performances: 2017 USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field Champion at 5,000m and 10,000m

Brent Fields

Birthday: June 22, 1958

College: Berry College

Birthplace: White Pine, TN

Favorite Event: Hammer Throw/Weight Throw

Year Joined Atlanta Track Club Masters: 2018

Recent Top Performances: 2020 #1 world ranking in Weight Throw both indoors and out

Tom Fraker

Birthday: March 22, 1971

College: The College of William & Mary

Birthplace: Wilmington, DE

Favorite Event: 1500m and/or Mile

Years Joined Atlanta Track Club Masters: 2016

Recent Top Performances: 2015, 2016, 2017 Masters Female 40-49 Athlete of the Year, American Records in 800m and 1500m for 45-49

Sonja Friend-Uhl

Birthday: September 7, 1924

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Top Performances: Multiple World Records including the 5K for 95-99 year old women

Betty Lindberg

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Recent Top Performances: Ran 89.73% age-graded at the USATF Masters 5K Championship

Dave Matherne

Date of Birth: April 1, 1980

College: University of Northern Iowa

Birthplace: Trinidad and Tobago

Strongest/Favorite Events: 100m & 200m

Year Joined Atlanta Track Club Masters: 2020

Recent Top Performances: 2022 60m Gold Medalist, 2021 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships 100m Silver and 200m Bronze Medalist

Inga McIntyre


Birthday: March 28, 1983

Birthplace: Hardeeville, South Carolina

College: Cappella University

Favorite Events: Short Sprints

Year Joined Atlanta Track Club Masters: 2019

Recent Top Performances: 4-time USATF Masters National Champion (60m, 100m, 200m, and 4x100m) and Masters record holder (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay)

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Rondrick Parker

Birthday: August 1, 1943

College: University of New Hampshire

Birthplace: Scranton, PA

Favorite Event: Pole Vault

Year Joined Atlanta Track Club Masters: 2016

Recent Top Performances: 2018 Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships Pole W75 Pole Vault National Champion

Catherine Radle

Age: June 1, 1948

College: Florida State University

Birthplace: St. Petersburg, FL

Favorite Event: High Jump

Year Joined Atlanta Track Club Masters: 1999

Recent Top Performances: 27th USATF Masters High Jump Championship

Jim Sauers

Birthday, June 21, 1965

College: East Central Oklahoma State University

Birthplace: Muskogee, OK

Favorite Event: All throws!

Year Joined Atlanta Track Club Masters: 2018

Top Performances: National Indoor Champion in Shot Put, Weight Throw and Super Weight Throw

Cheryl Wolfinger

Birthday: July 20, 1956

College: Georgia State University

Birthplace: Springville, NY

Strongest/Favorite Event: Macon Labor Day 5K

Year Joined Atlanta Track Club Masters: 2000

Recent Top Performances: 28:45 at the USATF Masters 8 km Championship (91.45% age-graded), USATF Masters 10 km National Champion (age-graded), American Record in 12K (65-69 age group)

Ken Youngers

Coach Tom Fraker - Throws

Tom Fraker graduated in 1980 from Berry College where he competed in Track and Field for four years, was 2x All-Conference and MVP. More recently, he is a masters athlete capturing 15 age group national championships and 4 international championships in throwing events. He has also collected significant coaching experience. He is USATF level 2 certified in coaching throws and has coached at McIntosh High School, Berry College, Throw 1 Deep Club, and Atlanta Track Club both youth and masters athletes. At the youthful age of 65 Tom still throws and has no thoughts of stopping anytime soon.

If you are a member of the Masters Team and are interested in being coached by Tom, please email him at tom_fraker@yahoo.com

Tom Fraker

Coach Tom Hinz - Middle and Long Distance

Born and raised in Kansas, Tom spent his youth running on the country roads and pasture land. He attended Kansas State University (BS Physics), Florida State University (MS Physics), and University of Kansas Medical School (MD) and was a Commander in the US Navy with 8.5 years of active duty. Tom practiced as a radiologist in Atlanta until December 2021. He began active coaching ten years ago and is currently a USATF certified cross country coach, a USATF Level 2 certified endurance coach and am currently working on my Level 3 endurance certification in addition to being a certified personal trainer. Tom has coached masters athletes to four American Records, three World Records, and countless medals at national and international competition. Tom believes that every athlete, regardless of ability, has the potential to improve and his goal is to allow every athlete to reach their potential while enjoying the experience and becoming more fit and healthy during the process.

If you are a member of the Masters Team and are interested in being coached by Tom, please email him at thinz@atlantatrackclub.org and include this athlete profile. Athletes without the profile will not be considered.

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