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MTF PA Masters mine metal at WMA World Outdoor Champs Updated 7.12.22

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This report was compiled by Tom Bernhard and Cynci Calvin. If we missed anyone, email Cynci with the information. Congratulations!

It’s a long way from Northern California to Finland, but when you can come back home with Masters World Championship medals it’s a trip worth taking. PA Masters athletes did just that, winning a total of at least 21 medals at the just concluded World Masters Athletics Outdoors Championships held in Tampere Finland.

Leading the medal haul was Lynne Hurelle who won five Golds (W85 400m, 800m, 1500m, XC6K, and Javelin). Next was holder of multiple American age-group records and member of the USATF Masters Hall of Fame, Christine Kennedy, with gold in the W65 Half Marathon and 10K Road Races. Another winner of individual Gold was Robert Qualls, 1st in the M70 6K Cross Country event. Qualls also took home an individual bronze in the M70 1500m.

Mark Yuen won M50 Silvers in the 5000m and 1500m, and Durelle Schimek took Silver in the W50 Javelin.

In team competition the three-man US M65 Half Marathon team, which included John Hirschberger, (70) took Gold, and the Sierra Gold TC with Drue Mathies also took M75 Gold.  Adjua Gibb-Gabriel took Silver on both the 4x100m & 4x400m Relay Teams. Robert Qualls took Silver for his part on the American M70 4×400 team. Also taking Silver was the US M70 XC team which included both Qualls and Hirschberger. Christine Kennedy took Bronze for her participation on the W45 Half Marathon Team, and Martin Beene took bronze for his efforts on the M60 Half Marathon team.

Gold – Individual
W85 400m, 800m, 1500m, Javelin, XC6K – Lynne Hurrell; note that her 800m time of 5:12.85 is a pending AR W85 record, smashing the existing record of 5:43.32.
W65 Half Marathon, Road 10K – Christine Kennedy
M70 XC – Robert Qualls

Silver – Individual
M50 5000m – Mark Yuen
W50 Javelin – Durelle Schimek

Bronze – Individual
M50 1500m – Mark Yuen
M70 1500m – Robert Qualls
M75 200m Steeplechase – Drue Mathies

Gold – Team
M65 Half Marathon Team – Tomas Rodriguez, John Matthews, John Hirschberger
M75 Half Marathon Team – Sierra Gold TC team

Silver- Team
W40 4x100m & 4x400m Relays – Adjua Gibb-Gabriel
M70 4x400m Relay – Robert Bowen, Curtis Baldwin, Alston Brown, Robert Qualls
M70 XC – Team Robert Qualls, Jerry Learned, John Hirschberger

Bronze – Team
W45 Half Marathon – Christine Kennedy
M60 Half Marathon – Martin Beene

Complete results from the Tampere 2022 WMA Championships can be found here.

RR CIM is USATF National Marathon Championship for 2022!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2022 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, Officials, pausatf, Road Racing, XC | 0 comments

USATF Marathon Championships return to the California International Marathon

CIM will host the men’s and women’s 2022 USATF Marathon Championships on Sunday, Dec. 4, following successful runs in 2017 & 2018

June 17, 2022

For immediate release

Contact: Danielle Domenichelli; 916-737-2626; [email protected]

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California International Marathon (CIM) has been selected to host the 2022 U.S. Marathon Championships for men and women by USA Track & Field (USATF), the sport’s national governing body. The championship races will be held in conjunction with CIM’s point-to-point race from Folsom to the state Capitol on Sunday, December 4.

The USATF Marathon Championships are part of the annual USATF Running Circuit, a road series featuring national championships from one mile through the marathon. The series consistently attracts the best American distance runners with more than $500,000 to be awarded annually in total prize money, including a $100,000 year-end standings prize purse.

“We are honored to have been chosen to host the 2022 USATF Marathon Championships,” said Sacramento Running Association executive director Scott Abbott. “Serving as the USATF Marathon Championships for the third time in the last four conducted national marathon championships further cements CIM as the top performance marathon in the United States. This is in accordance with the Sacramento Running Association’s mission to bring championship running events to our community to feature running as a major part of the local sporting landscape.”

The Sacramento Running Association, organizers of the California International Marathon, will offer a $90,000 total prize purse for the championship fields, including $20,000 first place prizes for the men’s and women’s winners. Additional $3,000 course record and $500 Olympic Trials qualifying bonuses will also be offered. 

The USATF Marathon Championships were previously held at CIM in 2017 and 2018 and featured wins by Timothy Richie (2:11:56) and Sara Hall (2:28:10) in 2017, and Brogan Austin (2:12:39) and Emma Bates (2:28:19) in 2018. Between 2017 and 2019 a total of 319 athletes ran 2020 USATF Marathon Olympic Trials qualifying times at CIM, producing the most qualifiers from any marathon worldwide. To further support Olympic hopefuls, $500 Olympic Trials qualifying bonuses will be awarded to American runners who run under the 2024 USATF Marathon Olympic Trials standards of 2:18:00 for men and 2:37:00 for women at the 2022 CIM.

“We are proud that CIM has been long-recognized as a place for top and emerging American marathoners to perform at the highest levels in order to launch, elevate, or capstone their professional marathon careers. With another designation as the USATF Marathon Championships, CIM ’22 projects to be a cornerstone event for American marathoners on the road to Paris 2024,” added Abbott. 

For more information about the 2022 USATF Marathon Championships at CIM, visit

The Sacramento Running Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding ways to encourage people of all ages and abilities to run. The SRA is committed to developing new, quality running events that appeal to a broad variety of runners. 

Other SRA events include the CIM Relay on December 4, SRA Fall Youth XC Series, Run the Parkway on November 6, and the Credit Union SACTOWN Run on April 2, 2023. Learn more at:

CIM Women's Top 3

OTF PA Open Track & Field Championships: June 4 at the Golden West Invitational

Posted by on May 17, 2022 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Officials, pausatf, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, XC, Youth | 0 comments


Cordova HS Track

The 2022 USATF Pacific Open Track & Field Championships will be held in conjunction with the 62nd Annual Golden West Invitational, June 5, at Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, CA. This meet is also open to youth, high school and masters track & field athletes. Deadline to enter is May 31, 2022!
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RW PA’s Christie & Stevens latest RW Honors

Posted by on Apr 27, 2022 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Masters T&F, Race Walking, Track & Field | 0 comments


Nick C
Read more about Nick Christie’s National 20K RW Championships win …

CLICK HERE to view complete results when they become available.

Robyn Stevens achieved a pending *AMERICAN RECORD 🚨 for the RW 35K distance at the World Athletics Race Walk competitions held in Dundince, Slovakia April 23. She walked 2:49:29 for 35km to shatter the *American record by more than 10 minutes, finishing fifth in a competitive field, and on the way broke the *American record in the 25k and 30k plus her own Masters records in the 25k,30k, 35k. That’s SIX records!
*Pending verification by the USATF records committee.
PA USATF Pacific Mourns the loss of Elite Distance Runner, Aggie and Cal Poly SLO Coach Mark Conover

Posted by on Apr 8, 2022 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Masters T&F, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, Officials, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, XC | 0 comments



Mark Conover: 1960-2022. This USATF Pacific elite distance runner and life-long Aggies member placed 2nd at the stormy 1987 California International Marathon, and went on to win the 1988 Olympic Marathon Trials to become a Team USA Olympian at the Seoul Olympics, and to achieve NCAA D2 Champion status. He later became a beloved and hugely successful distance coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His unwavering passion for running, his family and his coaching fueled his battle with a lifelong series of cancers, and he became a nationally acclaimed inspiration for those facing similar challenges.

A complete bio can be found in the Runner’s World article.