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Results from World Masters Indoor Track and Field Meet Kamloops 3/5/2010

by on Mar.10, 2010, under Phil Posts, Sports

We just returned from the World Masters Indoor Track and Field meet in Kamloops, BC.

Here are the summary results for our family:

Chuck clearing 1.1 meters in high jump

  • Chuck placed 6th in the long jump, 4th in the high jump, , on the second place 4×200 team, and 2nd in the pole vault at 6’3″
  • I placed 5th in the pole vault, clearing 10’3″.  Over half of the vaulters in my division didn’t show, apparently because of injuries.  I think at our age the desire to train hard and do our best heights can interfere with the marathon of doing this many times.  My dad and I decided we are in for the long haul (I say as I nurse a slightly sore hamstring).

The pole vault had some drama around a new world record being set by John Altendorf in the 60-64 category.

You can see pole vault information on the PoleVaultPlus.com blog, with some pictures and video.

It was a joy to talk to people from many different countries.  A number of  people were from the US or Canada with foreign citizenship.  I sat by one woman who was cheering for a Mexican runner, so I naturally assumed she was from Mexico.  It turned out she was from Bolivia, showing support for Latin American athletes.  She was married to a great runner from the US.  There was a Colombian there, but we never met him/her. 

The Brazilian athletes were having a fundraiser, so we bought singlets and stuff bags for each of us to help finances for the Brazilian team.

We had a regular cheering section over by the pole vault area to watch the vault, triple jump, and long jump.  I always like to watch the older athletes.  It is like you can draw an ever decreasing volume box around them, as they stay within themselves and are less flexible the older they get.  Some are amazing in how fast and flexible they are.  Others hobble down the runway and barely make it onto the pole and into the pit, but it inspires one to see the energy and excitement they put into it.

We camped at Silver Sage RV park on the Thompson River.  We had swans and Canada geese right in front of us on the river.  I have a shot of them at millimanjamestown.com.

We went up the Coquihalla from Hope to Kamloops.  The roads were labelled bare, but we had snow and a little slush at the summit.  We drove in snow country for hours (no toll!).  I decided to come back on lower terrain, since we were in the RV.  Kamloops rained heavily when we went up, but began to clear after about a day.  We came back the Frazer Canyon.  The Coquihalla is fast, but the Frazer is spectacular — what amazing canyons and rapids.

All in all, another great trip.  We arrived safely, had great fun in the sports, doing about what we should based on our training, met people from all around the world, and came home safely, though tired.

The volunteers at Kamloops were wonderful and deserve our thanks.

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