This weekend (July 13-16) the USATF Masters Track & Field Championships are being held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (I guess that's kind of redundant, since USATF stands for USA Track and Field.)
Anyway, some of the young pups are still in their thirties. Other competitors are over 100 years old.
92-year-old Mary Norckauer is one of the big names.
According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, she'll be competing in eleven events: the 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1,500 meters, as well as the discus, javelin, weight throw, shot put, long jump, and triple jump.
Her goal is to set records -- world records.
Norckhauer said that when she turned 90, she got back into competing seriously. And she did, setting three world records and eight American records.
She's no stranger to other sports either. During her earlier years, she was professional figure skate, dance, archer, baseball player, and was on the U.S. pistol team.
Though she probably never met Ludy Godbold (although I don't know for sure), they have plenty in common.
Ludy was a lifelong athlete, teaching women's physical education at Columbia College in Columbia, SC, for 58 years. From what I hear, she was playing tennis (and giving advice) through her seventies.
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