16-ATHLETE SHORE AC DELEGATIONREADY FOR ACTIONON MULTIPLE FRONTSAT USA MASTERS NATIONALSIN GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
The USA Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships take place
July 20-23 at North Carolina A&T University’s Truist Stadium in Greensboro, and
16 Shore AC athletes will be in action on multiple fronts at the big event.
Especially busy-busy-busy-busy will be teammates Fred Monesmith, Rick Lee,
“Neni” Lewis and Dr. Harry Nolan. They’ll have little time to catch their breath
between their multiple assignments,
Having just celebrated his 75th birthday, Fred Monesmith will take part in- all going well – no less than 10 or 11 M75 division events.
And that’s amazing-incredible.
Heading into Greensboro, here’s what he told his Shore AC teammates:
“ As you know, this year in May, I turned 75 years old and will be representing Shore AC in many meets.
“ In June, at the Eastern Regional Masters meet in Mansfield, Pa, I participated in eight decathlon events except the 400 & 1500 meters. I finished first in seven events and second in the 100-meter race, losing by 0.01 seconds. I exceeded the All-American standard in all eight events.
“ Later in June, I decided to attend the Potomac Valley Track Club decathlon where I earned 5,155 points (new 2023 basis). Over the last two years only four guys have recorded better results in M75-79 decathlon worldwide. I exceed the All-American standard in 8 events.
“Last week, I attended the National Senior Games (in Pittsburgh) and was only able to participate in three events due to numerous scheduling problems. I finished first in the discus (35.49m), fourth in the pole vault and tenth in the 100m. sprint.
“This coming week I entered 12 events at the USATF Masters meet in Greensboro, N.C. It appears that I will (only) be able to participate in 10 or 11 of these events if I stay healthy. I have a good chance to win the outdoor pentathlon and discus and score some additional team points in all the other events (SP, 80H, HJ, HT, PV, JT, LJ, & WT). If all goes well, I may be able to earn 35-40 points for the team.
“During August, I am scheduled to attend the Throws Pentathlon Championship in Chicago and the National Decathlon Championship in Walnut, California. If all goes well, I will win at both of these meets. “
Shore AC Editor’s Note: What a man !! Go Fred Go!
The absolutely tireless Rick Lee, who excelled in the truly grueling
Comrades Double Marathon (a 53-mile-plus test over mostly uphill terrain in
South Africa last month) has signed up for no less than six M60 events – 400 meters, 800, 1500, 5,000, 10,000 and 2000 steeplechase.
Those who recognize and salute Lee’s amazing stamina – he also strarred in the super-grueling, super-testing Marathon Des Sables, a six-day, 250K race over the Sahara sands of south Morocco last year – reckon he’ll have no problem handling all those multiple events.
Shore AC Editor’s Note: Go Rick Go!
National Masters Hall of Famer and multiple record-breaker “Neni” Lewis will compete in the W60 shot, discus, hammer and weight throws.
Shore AC Editor’s Note: Go Neni Go !
Nolan, a National Masters Hall of Famer, too. is slated for the M75 800, 1500 and 2000 steeplechase.
Shore AC Editor’s Note: Go Harry Go !
And here’s a rundown of the other Shore AC entries in Greensboro:
Calvon Bowden, M30 100 and 200.
Matt Wallack, M60 100, 200 and 400.
Diane Essilfie, W45 100 and long jump.
Maurelhena Walles, W45 200 and 400.
Jon Smolenski, M40 5000.
Marissa Strange, W60 5000.
Barry Blake, M65 2000 steeplechase and 5000 and 10,000 racewalks.
Glenn Weaver, M75 discus.
Charley Roll, M75 shot put.
Peter Donini, M55 shot put.
Dr. Ivan Black, M70 triple jump.
Carl Huff, M70 pole vault.
Shore AC Editor’s Bottom Line: Go Team Go, Go Shore AC Go!!
(And keep up with the results at: Www.usatf.org.