Drake Relays Inaugural Rex Harvey Memorial Masters Exhibition event a resounding success

 

Eight accomplished masters long jumpers travelled to Des Moines Iowa’s Drake University to compete in the first-ever Rex Harvey Memorial Exhibition Event held on Saturday, April 24 during the busiest day of the world-famous relays. Funded by an endowment created in Rex Harvey’s name, the four men and four women showed the crowd the phenomenal abilities of some of those who compete in Masters Track and Field.

Coordinated by the Masters Exhibition Event Subcommittee (MEE) Chair, Linda Carty, those hoping to compete had to supply proof of fitness  The goal of the MEE subcommittee is to bring awareness of masters competitions to those gathered to watch event and in the past Masters Exhibitions have been conducted at USATF Indoor and Outdoor Open Championships, the US Olympic Trials and other high-profile events.

This year’s participants did not disappoint.  Although the athletes are not always of the same age group, and so the results expectations will differ, the men’s overall best effort was provided by  Lee Adkins, age 48,  who jumped 6.39m, which age graded to 87.34% The women’s highest age grade mark was turned in by Neringa Jakstiene, age 5, a 87.04% for her 4.70m jump. Following the two leaders were Rachel Guest, 46, 81.81%, 5.17m, Ronald Atkins, 48, 80.17%, 5.94m, Antonio Palacios, 55, 78.55%, 5.24m, Erika Pierce, 50, 78.34%, 4.69m, Fahim Muhammoud, 51, 72.87%, 5.13m, and Tonya Gordon, 42, 70.83%, 4.71m.

To be considered for future Masters Exhibition Events, periodically check the USATFmasters.org website.  When opportunities are available, the eligibility requirements along with registration information will be posted there.

 

Colleen Barney

USATF MTF Active Athlete Representative

Contact info: Esttaxes@aol.com     949-378-6602

Elected in 2020 to a two-year term, the role of Active Athlete Representative for Masters Track & Field is currently filled by Colleen Barney, a W50 sprinter and 20-year MTF veteran.

For  those wondering, just what is the role of the MTF Active Athlete Representative, per the USATF Operating Procedures it is foremost to represent the interest of the masters athletes at Executive Committee meetings.  But, in making an effort to expand the duties of the position, expect to see  Colleen helping out in other capacities at upcoming meets.  Per an interview in the February/March 2021 issue of National Masters News, Colleen stated that she is looking for ways to be sure that the athletes needs are well addressed at national and world meets with a focus on improving communication. She especially intends to ensure that older and new-to-the-sport athletes are comfortable with knowing what to do and who to talk to for assistance. As she relayed in the article, “The happier the athletes, the more likely they will want to compete at more meets”.  

 

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