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Area roundup: Tacoma’s Kate Landau sets U.S. record at masters national meet

Tacoma’s Kate Landau set the American record in the women’s age 40-44 10,000 meters during Saturday’s third day of the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships at Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field.

Landau, 41, finished in 34 minutes, 43.32 seconds to top the previous mark of 34:58.54.

Earlier this year, Landau earned the top qualifying standard for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Eugene Marathon in 2:35:44.

In 100 finals, Val Barnwell nearly broke the U.S. record (11.83) in the men’s 60-64, running 11.85; 2016 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year Irene Obera won the 80-84 title in 17.96; and 2017 WMA Outstanding Athlete of the Year Bob Lida won the men’s 80-84 in 14.81.

In field events, Kay Glynn came close to the U.S. record in the women’s 65-69 high jump, clearing 4 feet, 3 1/4 inches; javelin world-record holder Linda Cohn won the women’s 65-74 event at 117-5l; and newly crowned world-record holder William Platts of Boise set the U.S. record in the men’s 90-94 weight throw at 32-5.

Locally, Spokane native Jon Heimbigner, 70, won the men’s 80 hurdles (16.50).

The final day of competition begins at 6:30 a.m. Sunday with 10,000 race walk competitions and will conclude around 2:30 p.m. with 4x400 relays.


Trygve Grimsby pitched three shutout innings in relief and Gonzaga Prep defeated Sedro Woolley 5-4 in eight innings to open the American Legion State AA tournament at G-Prep.

Grimsby allowed one hit, striking out four and walking none for the Bullpups, who will meet the Yakima Valley Peppers at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Pullman Posse opened with a 4-1 win over the Pasco Sundevils at Shadle Park’s Al K. Jackson Field. They will meet Wilder Baseball Club at 4 p.m. Sunday at Jackson.

The area’s other entrants, University, North Central and Mt. Spokane, opened with losses and will play loser-out games Sunday.

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