No doubt, the pandemic of 2020 presented its share of setbacks, disappointments, and interruptions in the world of athletics. Masters track & field athletes were no exception. But now life is slowly returning to the veins of USATF Masters Athletes! Despite the pandemic shakeup, we have been given a fantastic and unique opportunity to have a showing at the 2021 Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.  A small contingent of our top USATF asters long jump athletes will compete in the Rex Harvey Memorial Long Jump Exhibition Eventat Drake.  Out of roughly 40 athletes that expressed interest in participating, this is the final star lineup of talented jumpers that will represent our masters program.

NAMEClub AffiliationHometownStats.
Tonya GordonTachyon AthletikOmaha
  • 2020 Mid-America Masters & Open Champion in the Long Jump, High Jump, and 60m Dash.
  • 2019 USATF High Jump National Champion.
  • 2019 USATF Long Jump Runner-Up.
  • 9-time All-American at the University of South Dakota (1998-2001)
  • *Drake Relays High Jump Runner-Up
Rachel GuestSouthwest Sprinters TCGlendale, AZ
  • Set American Record in W35 indoor pentathlon, W40 indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon.
  • 5 time WMA World Champion: (2011 W35 Heptathlon, 2015 W40 80m hurdles, 2016 W40 80m hurdles, 2018 W40 heptathlon, 2019 W40 pentathlon)
Neringa JakstieneUnattachedMemphis, TN
  • Set six W55 world records and 12 American records
  • Chosen World Masters Athletics 2019 best female masters athlete in the world
Erika PierceUnattachedCharlottesville
  • 1995 USATF Track and Field Championships in the 400 hurdles (13th), Sacramento, CA
  • 1996 Olympic Trials Qualifier, 400 meter hurdles (11th), Atlanta, GA
  • Broken 5 American Masters Records, currently holds American Record in the W45 Outdoor Heptathlon
  • 13 gold medals at the USATF Masters Track and Field Championships over career in various events including: pentathlon, heptathlon, 60 meter hurdles, 400 meter hurdles, high jump, javelin, shot put.
Lee AdkinsUnattachedDaly City
  • Former PAC-10 LJ Champion.
  • College PR: 7.94 Masters PR: 6.64.
  • 2019 Masters World LJ Champion & TJ silver medalist
  • 2019 Masters North, Central America and Caribbean LJ & TJ Champion.
  • 2019 M45 Athlete of the Year.
Ronald AtkinsKitsap FliersTacoma
  • Indoor PR:  60m 7.28, 200m 24.1, Long jump 6.29 / 20ft 7" , TJ 12.04 / 39ft 7 1/2" 
  • Outdoor PR:  50m 6.39, 100m 11.1 200m 23.2, Lj 6.21/ 20ft 4", TJ 12.01/ 39ft 4"
Fahim MuhammadFive Alive BlazersChicago
  • 2015 USATF Master Champion in Long Jump 
  • 2020 Wisconsin Senior Olympics Long Jump Champion (50-54)
Antonio PalaciosUnattachedBloomington
  • WMA'S top Masters Jumper in the world 2019.
  • Masters Long jump World Champion 2019 Poland
  • Masters M45 Indoor long jump world record at 6.98m 
  • Masters USA M50 Long Jump record Indoor & Outdoor 6.49m
  • 2012 - 2017 & 2019 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year.
  • 16 time USATF Masters National Champion 
  • 1992 USA Olympic Trails Qualifier in long jump (25ft-9.75)

 

We wish all thes superstars lots of luck, good health, and fun. Stay tuned as we keep a finger on the pulse of the 2021 USA Olympic Trials and a chance to get a masters ehxibition event squished onto that program schedule!

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