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					FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2009
Media Contact: Bob Weiner, USATF National Masters Media Chair or Rebecca Vander
Linde (301-283-0821 / 202-329-1700 or weinerpublic@comcast.net)
Athlete Inquiries: Jay Jacob Wind, Secretary, Potomac Valley Track Club
(703-505-3567 or racedirector@att.net)

USA MASTERS INDOOR TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS NOW WITH ALL-TIME
  GREATS JOAN BENOIT AND HENRY RONO, TWO-TIME SULLIVAN
                    FINALIST PHIL RASCHKER
 March 20-22 at PGSLC with 12 OLYMPIANS and 58 World Champions
     Among Record 1000, Hosted by Potomac Valley Track Club;

***BENOIT AND OLYMPIAN JOHN TUTTLE’S 3000 METER RACES 12:30 PM FRIDAY;
                Entrants are 30-95, Theme of Lifetime Fitness

   Nolan Shaheed—world champion runner and lead trumpet for Count Basie and
      Stevie Wonder—will play National Anthem after his mile race Saturday

  LOCAL STARS: 5X Olympic Trials Qualifier Alisa Harvey (Manassas), 20-World &
 National Titles Winner Larry Colbert (Bowie), 1976 Olympian Jim Barrineau (Burke),
  World Champion High Jumper Bruce McBarnette (Sterling), 79-year old Jumper-
                     sprinter-hurdler James Stookey (Dickerson)

       (Landover, MD) – The 2009 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships at
Prince George's Sports and Learning Center in Landover MD, Friday-Sunday, March 20-
22, 2009, has attracted the country's and world’s top masters athletes, including at least
twelve Olympians and 58 reigning world champions. With the theme of lifetime fitness, the
meet is open to all athletes 30 and up. Oldest competitor is 95.

       Approximately 1000 – a record for national masters indoors (old record 849) since
its1974 beginnings and the most for any masters indoor meet ever in North America — will
compete in the meet.

       Joan Benoit Samuelson, 51 of Freeport, ME, the 1984 Gold Medalist in the first
Olympic Women’s Marathon at the Los Angeles Olympics, is targeting the American and
world 50+ records in an opening day event final Friday 12:30 PM, the 3000 meters. The
M50 3000 features another 1984 Olympian, John Tuttle of Atlanta.

       Kenyan-born running legend Henry Rono will run the mile Saturday at 12:30 PM
and 800 meters Sunday. In an unprecedented sweep, Rono broke four open world records
in 81 days in 1978 – the 10,000, 5000, 3000, and 3000 steeplechase – and continued
breaking open records through 1981. Now 57, he remains committed to high quality
running as a master and coaches in Albuquerque, NM.

      Two-time Sullivan Award Finalist Philippa Raschker, 62, of Marietta, Georgia is in
several running and field events. Twice in the last five years (including 2008), Raschker
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made the short list of the top five for America’s top amateur athlete of any age (with
swimmer Michael Phelps, skater Apolo Ohno, basketball star Lebron James, and football
quarterback Tim Tebow.) Raschker won TEN gold medals at the last (2007) outdoor World
Masters Championships in Italy and was voted the outstanding competitor. She also won
the 2008 USATF Outstanding Masters Athlete award.

      In the mile and 800, Rono will compete with Nolan Shaheed, 59 of Pasadena, CA, a
USATF Masters Athlete of the year and multi-world champion, who also is a renowned
trumpeter/jazz musician. Shaheed was musical director for Marvin Gaye and played lead
trumpet with Count Basie, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, and Anita
Baker. He has also performed and toured with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton.
Shaheed will play the National Anthem after his mile race Saturday. National Champion
Horace Grant of Houston is a favorite in the M55 800.

      The 60 Meters with all ages begins 9AM Saturday with the much enjoyed M 90+ at
10:30 AM.

       The MD-DC-VA area is home to an unusually large number of masters athletes.
Among local national stars in the meet are five-time Olympic trials qualifier (800 meters)
Alisa Harvey, 43, of Manassas, VA; 1976 Olympian Jim Barrineau, 53, of Burke, VA, in
the high jump; lifetime 20-world and national sprint titles holder Larry Colbert, 71, of
Bowie, MD, Coach of the Glenarden Track Club; U.S. high jump record holder Bruce
McBarnette, 51, of Sterling, VA; and many-time masters age group athlete of the year,
James Stookey, 79, of Dickerson, MD in the 60m, 60h, LJ, and TJ.

       Other top entrants include Canadians: 1988 Olympian Renee Belanger, 46, (800
Meters), and Earl Fee, who has set records in every age group he enters and said he will
assault the world 800 meter record in his new M80 division. The meet’s international flavor
also includes top competitors from Brazil, Great Britain, and Mexico.

       Potomac Valley Track Club (PVTC), which won the bid for this year’s nationals, is
hosting and directing the meet, with support from USA Track & Field's Potomac Valley
Association (PVA).

       Other stars already entered: Kathryn Martin, 57, of Northport NY, Bengay’s
Outstanding Masters Athlete in 2004; USATF 2008 age group masters track & field
athletes of the year Christel Donley, 74, of Colorado Springs, CO, and Oneithea Lewis,
48, of Oakland Gardens NY. Masters’ ―Good Will Ambassador‖ and multi-world champion
Sid Howard (Plainfield, NJ) has turned 70 and will assault the mile and 800M records.
Frank Condon, 66 of Chico, CA, will star in the M65 400, 800, and mile. Mary Louise
Michaelson, 67, another multi-world champion from New York City, will excel in the 800,
mile, and 3000.

      Oldest competitor entered: Leland McPhie, 95, of San Diego, in SEVEN events:
60M, high jump, long jump, shot, weight, super weight, and triple jump. Close behind is 94-
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year-old Frank Levine, 94, of Norristown, PA, in the 3000, mile, and 800. Oldest DC area
competitor is Charles Boyle, 85 of Annapolis in the 3000 Meter racewalk.

      PVTC President Craig Chasse is Meet Director. Peter Taylor is Meet Announcer.
National Media Chair is Bob Weiner (Accokeek, MD), who with Larry Colbert and Tom
Jones conceived and led the successful bid. Prince George's Sports and Learning
Complex is next to FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins. The host hotels are the
Radisson and Holiday Inn Express in Largo MD.

       The national championship meet was held in Boston 11 of the past 12 years.

Individual event finals begin 10:30 AM Friday, 9AM Saturday, 9:30 AM Sunday. Events include:
• FRIDAY, March 20: Indoor Pentathlon (multi-event), 3000m Run, Weight Throw.
• SATURDAY, MARCH 21: 60m Dash, 60m Hurdles, 400m Dash, One Mile Run, 4x800m Relay,            Long
Jump, Shot Put, Pole Vault, High Jump (men), Weight Throw (women).
• SUNDAY, MARCH 22: High Jump (women), 200m Dash, 800m Run, 3000m Race Walk,
  4x400m Relay, Triple Jump, Weight Throw (men), Superweight Throw.

        For entrants and schedule, USATF’s meet home page is:
http://www.usatf.org/events/2009/USAMastersIndoorTFChampionships/ . The PVTC site for
more meet detail is www.pvtc.org/09_nationals.html .

*** MEDIA information, and for advance or onsite interviews of athletes or
organizers, contact USATF National Masters Media Chair Bob Weiner 301-283-0821 or
cell 202-329-1700, email weinerpublic@comcast.net .


At LEAST TWELVE OLYMPIANS Competing:
M50 Jim Barrineau (high jump), 11th in 1976 Montreal Olympic high jump for the USA
W55 Joan Benoit Samuelson (3000), gold medalist in 1984 Los Angeles Olympic
marathon for the USA
W45 Renée Belanger (800), sixth in first-round heat at 1988 Seoul Olympic 800 meters for
Canada
M45 Chris Faulknor (60, 200, long jump), fourth in 1988 Seoul Olympic 4x100 relay finals
for Jamaica
M65 Tom Gage (shot put, weight throw and superweight throw), 12th in 1972 Munich
Olympic hammer throw final for USA
M80 Franklin "Bud" Held (pole vault), ninth in 1952 Helsinki Olympic javelin for USA
M45 Howard Lindsay (60 hurdles), ran in heats of 200, 4x100 and 4x400 over time in
1984, 1988 and 1996 Olympics for Antigua and Barbuda
M45 Karl Smith (60 hurdles), fifth in semifinals of 400 hurdles, sixth in Heat 2 of 4x400 at
1984 Los Angeles Olympics for Jamaica
M50 John Tuttle (800, mile, 3000), marathon in 1984 Los Angeles Olympics for USA
M70 Victor "Vic" Zwolak (3000), fourth in heat of 3000 steeplechase at 1964 Tokyo
Olympics for USA
M50 Everad Samuels (60, 200) was an alternate on the Jamaican 4x100 team for the
1976 Montreal Olympics.
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M55 Henry Rono (800, mile), Kenyan Olympic team member…despite shattering world
records, didn’t get to compete in 1976 and 1980 Olympics when Kenya boycotted Games.

58 REIGNING WORLD CHAMPIONS ENTERED:
26 Reigning World Indoor Champions* (held in Clermont-Ferrand,
France, 2008)
M35 Don Drummond (60, 60 hurdles, 200)
W35 Lisa Daley (60, 200, 400)
M40 David Jones (200, 400)
M40 Robert Thomas (200, 400)
W40 Renee Henderson (60, 200)
W40 Christine Reaser (200, 400, 800, mile, 3000)
W45 Joy Upshaw-Margerum (60, 60 hurdles, 200, long jump)
M50 Val Barnwell (60, 200)
M50 Bruce McBarnette (high jump)
M50 Greg Petrosian (long jump)
W50 Rita Hanscom (60, 60 hurdles, 200, high jump, pole vault, shot put)
M55 Bill Collins (60, 200, 400)
M55 Nolan Shaheed (800, mile)
W55 Kathryn Martin (800, mile, 3000)
M60 Charles Allie (60, 200, 400)
M60 Stan Whitley (60, 200)
M60 John Altendorf (pole vault)
W60 Phil Raschker (60, 60 hurdles, 200, 400, high jump, long jump, triple jump)
M65 Stephen Robbins (60, 200)
M65 George Mathews (shot put, weight throw, superweight throw)
W65 Marie-Louise Michelsohn (200, 400, 800, mile, 3000)
M70 Bob Lida (60, 200)
M70 Mack Stewart (200, 400, 800)
W70 Jeanne Daprano (200, 400, 800)
W70 Christel Donley (high jump, long jump, shot put)
W80 Johnnye Valien (60, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, weight throw)

32 Reigning World Outdoor Champions* (held in Riccione, Italy, 2007)
M35 Don Drummond (60, 60 hurdles, 200)
M45 Anselm LeBourne (800, mile)
W45 Joy Upshaw-Margerum (60, 60 hurdles, 200, long jump)
M50 Val Barnwell (60, 200)
M50 Jim Russ (60 hurdles, long jump, pole vault, shot put)
M55 Bill Collins (60, 200, 400)
M55 Nolan Shaheed (800, mile)
M55 Thad Wilson (60, 60 hurdles, 200, long jump, triple jump, pentathlon)
W55 Sharon Warren (60, 200)
M60 Charles Allie (60, 200, 400)
M60 Roger Pierce (60, 200, 400)
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M60 Ralph Souppa (200, 400)
M60 Stan Whitley (60, 200)
W60 Hillen von Maltzahn (60, 400, long jump, pole vault)
W60 Phil Raschker (60, 60 hurdles, 200, 400, high jump, long jump, triple jump)
M65 Emil Pawlik (60, 60 hurdles, 200, high jump, long jump, pentathlon)
M65 Bob Cahners (shot put, weight throw, superweight throw)
W65 Marie-Louise Michelsohn (200, 400, 800, mile, 3000)
W65 Nadine O’Connor (60, 60 hurdles, high jump, pole vault, shot put)
M70 Larry Colbert (60, 200, 400)
M70 Robert Lida (60, 200)
M70 Robert Paulen (60 hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pentathlon)
W70 Jeanne Daprano (200, 400, 800)
W70 Christel Donley (high jump, long jump, shot put)
W70 Barbara Jordan (60, 60 hurdles, 200, long jump, triple jump)
W70 Mary Harada (800, mile, 3000)
M80 William Daprano (pole vault, shot put, pentathlon)
M80 Earl Fee (400, 800)
M80 Franklin “Bud” Held (pole vault)
M80 Melvin Larsen (60, 60 hurdles, 200)
W80 Susie Barnes (60)
W80 Johnnye Valien (60, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, weight throw)

* -- includes relay gold medalists.

(Olympians and World Champions charts by Ken Stone)