Nolan Shaheed makes it 3 world records in three weeks

Posted in Uncategorized on May 1, 2011 by socaltrackclub

Nolan Shaheed nears the finish line in 1500m WR.

(Ken Stone photo)

So Cal Track Club’s Nolan Shaheed set a third world record in as many weeks, seizing the 1500 mark for men 60-64 at the Southern California Striders Meet of Champions, April 30 at Cerritos College in Norwalk.

Nolan, 61, running behind So Cal teammate Barry Givens, clocked 4:24.00, eclipsing the 10-year-old standard of 4:27.65, set by Ron Robertson of New Zealand.

The prior two weekends, Nolan lowered the world record in the M60 800 meters.

Hitting the 1200 meter mark in roughly 3:33, Nolan fought to close on Barry, who won the race in 4:21, and a second runner ahead of him, running his final 300 meters in about 51 seconds.

When the record was announced, the crowd applauded, and Nolan accepted hugs and handshakes from teammates and other competitors.

The meet marked the outdoor season debut for many So Cal athletes. Full results will be posted soon at


USATF honors So Cal’s Nolan Shaheed

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2011 by socaltrackclub

What are two world records in eight days worth? To USA Track & Field, that feat, accomplished in the M60-60 800 meters by So Cal Track Club’s Nolan Shaheed, was worth a citation as the track governing body’s Athlete of the Week.

Anyone familiar with Nolan might argue that someone of his mettle may come along only a few times in a generation, but USATF doesn’t have an award for that.

Here’s a portion of the press release: “Nolan Shaheed has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after he broke his own world record in the M60 800 meter race in 2:08.56 Saturday in Los Angeles.Nolan Shaheed

“Running at the Tommie ‘Tiny’ Lister Classic, Shaheed lined-up next to collegiate athletes young enough to be his sons or even grandsons. With 200m to go, announcer Bill Fitzpatrick noted that Shaheed needed a 33-second closing 200m to set the world record. With the crowd behind him, Shaheed crossed the line half a second faster than his efforts at the Mt. SAC Relays the previous week.

“’The college kids were wonderful, celebrating with me and coming up to shake my hand after the race,’ Shaheed said. ‘Then I was named the athlete of the meet, and that was really heartwarming because there were hundreds of great college kids running at this meet, and for them to decide that mine was the greatest achievement of the meet was very touching for me.’

“Shaheed was first introduced to track in high school, but did not compete seriously until his late 20’s. While he once clocked 1:46 for 800m, Shaheed has watched his times in the 800 and 1500m creep up by an average of one second each year as he gets older.

“’I will be one of the 95-year-old guys running masters races,” Shaheed said. “I never want to retire from track and field; it’s good for your body, and it’s good for your mind.’

(Nolan broke the pending world mark of 2:09.02, which he set April 16 in the Masters 800 race at the Mt. SAC Relays.)

Note: The USATF release repeated the usual reference to Nolan as a “jazz musician.” Nolan has let it be known that he, in fact, is a studio musician, someone who can play any style called for.

Shaheed breaks 2:10 for another WR; Pye demolishes 110H field

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17, 2011 by socaltrackclub

So Cal Track Club’s Nolan Shaheed made history April 16 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.
Running with a Masters 800 meter field much younger than he, Nolan, 61, ran negative splits en route to a time of 2:09.02. He not only broke a 12-year-old world record (2:10.42 by Alan Bradford of Australia in 1999), Nolan became the oldest human being to run 800 meters in less than 2:10.
This race marked the second rewriting of the record book in eight days for Nolan. On April 9 at a college-open meet in Claremont, Calif., Nolan ran the 1500 meters in 4:30.39, lowering his own M60 American Record of 4:31.93.
Nolan appears free of the Achilles issues that limited his performance the past few years, just in time for the Worlds in July.
Congratulations, Nolan, on your latest of many age-group World Records.

So Cal’s Derek Pye won the Masters 110 hurdles by more than a half-second, clocking a tremendous early season time of 14.46.

Also in Mt. SAC Masters action, So Cal’s Lisa Valle took second in the women’s 800, clocking 2:22.52. Teammate Debbie Lee clocked 2:47.17.
So Cal’s Mike Dietz, chasing Nolan in the Masters 800, clocked 2:14.16.
Congratulations to all our teammates.
Ken Stone photo

Carlsbad: Glory for Shaheed, Lindsley, no team hardware

Posted in Uncategorized on April 3, 2011 by socaltrackclub

Nolan Shaheed won the men’s 60-64 age group, and Fred Lindsley grabbed second among the 65-69 men at the Carlsbad 5000 road race Sunday, April 3, in the seaside village of Carlsbad, Calif.

Nolan clocked 17:19 to collect another age-group title at what is advertised as the World’s Fastest Road Race. Fred clocked 19:38, the same time as the M65 winner, but was given the silver.

Debbie Lee was So Cal’s top woman finisher. She ran 20:49, good enough for sixth among the W50-54 competitors.

Barry Givens, 37, ran 16:28 in the M30-39 race, good enough for 16th among 898 finishers and eighth among the M35-39 crowd.

In the Masters team competitions, So Cal was shut out of the medals for the first time.

Full results for So Cal athletes below. For all results, go to

So Cal Men’s A Team

Tyrus Deminter, 47, 16:21 – 23rd overall, 9th M45-49

Mark Hulme, 49, 17:10 – 34th overall , 14th M45-49

Brian Nelson, 53, 17:18 – 38th overall, 4th 50-54

So Cal Men’s B Team

Nolan Shaheed, 61, 17:19 – 42nd overall, 1st M60-64

Mike Dietz, 47, 17:34 – 48th overall, 18th M45-49

Fred Lindsley, 65, 19:38 – 142nd overall, 2nd M65-69

(1280 finishers)

So Cal Women’s Team

Debbie Lee, 54, 20:49, 41st overall, 6th W50-54

Meritzela Barakat (running for injured Pat Contreras) 23:46, 197th overall

Denise Janneck, 57, 24:57 – 258th overall, 11th W55-59

(1196 finishers)

Barry Givens, 37, 16:28, 16th overall, 8th M35-39

(898 finishers)

Masters Men Team standings

1 Atlanta Track Club 2 46:31

2 Compex Racing 3 46:59

3 A Snail’s Pace 1 7 49:51

4 So Cal Track Club A 8 50:46

5 BSK-Running Center Masters 14 53:58

6 So Cal Track Club B 15 54:31

Indoor team title for So Cal Track Club

Posted in Uncategorized on March 7, 2011 by socaltrackclub

Barry Givens en route to his gold medal in the M35 3,000 meters.

For the sixth time in the seven years that a team championship has been contested at the USA Track and Field Indoor Masters Championships, So Cal Track Club took home the title. Here are the scores for the top teams following three days of competition at the Albuquerque Convention Center:

1 So Cal Track Club 663
2 TNT International Racing Club 502
3 Houston Elite Track and Field 336
4 Atlanta Track Club 259
5 Mass Velocity Track Club 225
6 Southern California Striders  200
More details and hopefully, photos to follow. It appears our top individual scorer was Leland McPhie, who won seven events in the M95-99 age group. Nolan Shaheed won the M60 division of the 3000 meters, mile and 800 meters, followed in the final two events by teammate David Parke.

Lisa Valle also was a triple champion, running away on her hometown track in the W40 800 meters, mile and 3000.

Barry Givens won the M35 flight of the mile and 3000 and took bronze in the 800.

Alfy Pettes set an American record in the M35 60 meters.

Jolene Steigerwalt led teammates Kathy Frable and Darlene Backlund to a 1-2-3 sweep in the W65 3K race walk, and Jolene grabbed another gold in the 800 meters.

Greg Retzer won the M40 superweight to go with his silvers in the weight throw and shot put.

There were many other individual medalists, including several multiple medalists.

So Cal sealed the deal with a potent presence in the final day’s final event, the 4-by-400 relay, as multiple teams earned medals.

Congratulations to Mark Cleary and all of us who competed — at 5,280 feet above sea level.

So Cal Track Club battles in Albuquerque

Posted in Uncategorized on March 3, 2011 by socaltrackclub

About 50 So Cal Track Club athletes are gathering this weekend for the USATF Masters Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

So Cal will be looking to recapture the team title it had won for five consecutive years before slipping to second in 2010.

Follow the results at

Hope to see many of you there.

Food and fun at annual potluck dinner

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2011 by socaltrackclub

A goodly bunch of So Cal Track Club athletes (see photo) and their spouses (and in one case, child and grandchild) gathered Feb. at Mark Cleary’s home in what amounted to a farewell to cross-country season and an anticipatory welcome for track season.

In many cases teammates reconnected for the first time since last track season. And the food was good, too.

Earlier that day, So Cal harriers battled for individual and Masters (40-49 and 50-59) age-group team honors at the USA Track & Field Cross Country Nationals at San Diego’s Mission Bay. So Cal’s Men’s 50-59 team won the gold, prevailed over Team Runner’s High on the tie-breaker.

Brian Nelson was the No. 2 overall finisher and the No. 1 runner for So Cal. Robert Ward (5th OA) was next for So Cal, followed by Mark Cleary (11th OA) and David Parke (12th OA). Nonscorers for So Cal included Perry Forrester (16th OA) and Chuck Forrester (17th OA).

Debbie Lee finished 8th in the W50-59 race, followed by So Cal teammate Pat Contreras in 12th.

Congratulations to all.