Alamedan Races at National Meet

Marty Beene

Alamedan Marty Beene competed in the USA Track & Field (USATF) Masters Outdoor National Championships in Spokane, Wash., at Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field. 

The annual meet, hosted this year by the Inland Northwest Association of USATF and the Spokane Sports Commission, took place over the July 26 to 29 weekend. 

Nearly 1,000 of the best American track and field athletes aged 30-100 competed at the event. Beene, 56, who competes for the Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders Racing Team, finished seventh in the 55 to 59 age group in the 10,000 meter race (6.2 miles, 25 laps) on Saturday, July 28 and fourth in his age group in the high jump on Sunday, July 29.

“The 10,000 was rough, but exciting and fun,” said Beene. “I felt a little embarrassed complaining about the 80-degree weather until I heard the guys from Phoenix, Texas and other hot places complaining, too.” 

The race was won by 37-year-old Justin Bishop of South Carolina in 36:03, while the top runner in Beene’s age group was Adam Weiner, 58, of San Diego, who ran 38:33.

In the high jump, Beene matched his personal best of 1.25 meters (4’ 1-1/4”) to earn his fourth-place ribbon and three points in the team competition. The 55 to 59 age group was won by Scott Rick, 55, of Bellingham, WA with a leap of 1.7 meters (5’ 7”). Three age group world records were set at the event. USATF is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States.