Just got back from a great T&F meet, the Western States Masters International Invitational in Davis, California. Mary Woo, Parker White and Liz Palmer, all competitors themselves, did a fab job putting on an athlete-friendly meet.
We rolled up Friday night and with the temps still in the 90′s, appreciated that there was plenty of iced water on hand. They scheduled the 3k for 8pm, perfect timing with the sun setting behind the stadium. A rock band was playing at the end of the home straight. I chilled out before my race listening to Tom Petty, The Doors, Bad Company, etc.
As there were only 2 women running I was grateful that the starter agreed to put us in with the men. I’ve never raced to music and it was a hoot. But what was the band thinking playing Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty” in the first laps! Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Good” got me going in the back straight with the “go Johnny, go, go, go…”
Sheila Natho, visiting from Texas, and I ran with a group of guys the whole way. I finished with 11.16 and Sheila was only a stride back in 11.17. The next morning I was up early for the mile and there were 8 women starters so we had our own race. This pleased Race Director Mary Woo and there were some bad fast women on that start line. Midori Sperandeo W43 showed her class kicking away to win (5:12.00) from Mary Coordt W41 (5:16.63) and Jaymee Marty W42 (5:17.40). Jaymee won the 400 an hour later and blogs about her races here.
My training mate Jeff Mann blitzed a large field in the men’s mile, leading from gun to tape in 4:39.01. My hubby Larry Barnum had two good races and head to head battles with Matt Pruitt who has just moved up to Larry’s age group (M65). Matt won the 200 and Larry won the 400.
The meet continues today. Click here for full results.
With their largest field (over 220 competitors) the Western States is growing strong. It’s a perfect lead in to the USTAF Masters nationals and with the 2011 Worlds Masters in Sacramento should have a big turnout next year. Mary is looking for a major sponsor and already has some generous donors. They should break even this year and the long term goal is to make a profit to assist local children’s charities.
Putting on a track meet is a huge commitment of time and effort, so a big thanks to Mary, Liz, Parker and the rest of your team!