USATF News & Notes: 3/29/2005

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    Troncoso sets pending U.S. 45-49 age-group record

    Carmen Ayala-Troncoso of Austin, Texas, ran a pending U.S. record for 45-year-old female age division at Saturday’s USA 8 km Championships, hosted by the New York Road Runners at Icahn Track and Field Stadium in Manhattan.

    As well as being a veteran of numerous USA Championships, Troncoso was the 2005 USA Cross Country Championships – Masters’ 8 km champion. Her time of 27:45 eclipsed the old record of 28:03 set by Barbara Filutze 12 years ago. Troncoso placed 18th overall in Saturday’s race.

    Honolulu to draw nearly 2,000 of nation’s best masters athletes

    The 2005 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be a full track meet on the world’s only “Rainbow” track, at the University of Hawaii, Aug. 4-7, 2005. The meet is expected to draw nearly 2,000 of the world and nation’s best masters track & field athletes.

    Competitors at recent USA Masters Championships have ranged from the world’s most famous – including Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, and Willie Gault – to athletes ranging in age from 30 to over 100 years. What they share is making mark for themselves as part of a lifetime fitness program. “World and recent personal records are considered equally important,” said Meet Director Mark Zeug. “At the 2005 USA Masters Track & Field Championships, competitors and their families will enjoy a great meet and have the vacation of a lifetime.”

    At the just-concluded 2005 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boise, Idaho, athletes crushed over twenty indoor world and American age group records. They are expected to obliterate as many or more outdoor world and American records on the University of Hawaii’s world-class track. Running and race walk events range from 100 to 10,000 meters, while field events include the full range of jumps and throws.

    Competitors and their families will enjoy Honolulu’s world-famous Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, and Pearl Harbor, the meet’s special luau, island-hopping, and compete on the unique rainbow-colored track. Competitors are encouraged to make their travel arrangements soon, given Hawaii’s booming tourism industry.

    For registration/entry form, more information, and hotel and air travel meet discounts, visit http://www.usatf.org/events/2005/USAMastersOutdoorTFChampionships/ .Media requesting logistics or interview information should call Bob Weiner, National Masters Media Chair, at 301-283-0821 or 202-329-1700.

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