Atlanta Track Club Masters Team took home 40 medals from the USATF National Masters Track & Field Championships in Ames, Iowa. The team finished third in men's and women's combined scoring. The men were third overall and captured 12 gold medals including Jim Sauers, who won his 31st Masters high jump championship and the 4x100m relay team (35-39) lowering their own Masters national record to 42.69 with Rondrick Parker, Terrence Roland, Durran Dunn and Gerald Green.
"It is difficult to get four guys at the same track meet who are running fast and healthy and then successfully pass the stick around," said Dunn, who is a team captain. "So being able to contribute to this team effort and have our names and Atlanta Track Club in the record books is exciting and humbling at the same time."
"Being a part of the team that now has the American and Club 4x100m record is a testament and result of the hard work that we have individually invested year over year," added Parker. "We are excited to see ourselves and Atlanta Track Club in the record books and look to lower that record in the near future."
The women's team placed seventh overall and took home four gold medals. Catherine Radle was one the team's best performers, winning her second pole vault (75-79) national title as well as the high jump. She also took second in the shot put, hammer throw, weight throw and 100m. Inga McIntyre was also a big time point scorer for Atlanta Track Club women, earning silver in the 100m (40-44) and bronze in the 200m.
"This is my first year with Atlanta Track Club and nationals was like meeting long lost family members," said McIntyre. "Atlanta Track Club always stood out to me in the past, but this year being a part of the team, the excitement, camaraderie and world class racing from the athletes was amazing."
For Atlanta Track Club Masters Team results click here.