TRACK & FIELD: World, American records fall at Sierra Gold Masters Track and Field Festival |

TRACK & FIELD: World, American records fall at Sierra Gold Masters Track and Field Festival

Elite athletes of all ages converged at Hooper Stadium Saturday for the second annual Sierra Gold Masters Track and Field Festival.

The meet drew some of the best Masters athletes in the world and they did not disappoint as one world record and three American records were set.

Quenton Torbert, 65, set a new world record in the men's 65-and-older (M65) shot put with a heave of 52-feet, 5-inches.

Setting American records were Kathy Martin, from New York, in the W65 mile run with a time of 5 minutes, 55.09 seconds. Carol Finsrud, from Texas, set the women's 60-and-older discus record with a throw of 118-04. And, Myrle Mensey, from Missouri, broke the W65 hammer throw record with a distance of 130-05.

"Having three American records and a world record has put the Sierra Gold Masters Track and Field Festival on the map and is quickly proving that our meet is becoming one of the premier masters track and field meets in the entire country," said meet director Clyde Lehman.

For setting a world record Torbert received a check for $1,000. For setting an American record, Martin, Finsrud and Mensey each received $500.

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In addition to a high level of Masters competition, the festival also featured a Heroes' Relay with teams from the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, Grass Valley Police Department, California Highway Patrol, US Marines, Grass Valley Fire Department and two Search and Rescue teams racing each other in a 4×100 relay. In a very tight finish, the Nevada County Sheriff's Office edged out the CHP to win the inaugural Heroes' Relay.

"It was very, very close," said Sgt. Ray Kress of the Sheriff's team after winning the relay.

The Sheriffs finished the relay in a time of 50.41, finishing .05 seconds ahead of the CHP. Grass Valley Fire Department was third, Grass Valley Police Department was fourth, the Marines were fifth and the two Search and Rescue teams took sixth and seventh.

"This has been really great," said Kress. "The camaraderie between all of us, and to come out here and get this interaction with the community and the athletes out here is a great experience."

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