by Katie White
The pole vault competition this morning turned up the heat in Turner Stadium as Kay Glynn, 58, from Iowa, broke the Senior Games, World and US Masters records for her age group. The shattered records were set in 2002 and 2003 by Phil Raschker, who is competing in Houston right now as well. Raschker competes in pole vault in the next age division. Glynn broke Raschker’s 3.05-meter vault by .03 meters. Dinah Anderson, 59, from Texas, came in second.
Tamara Alegria, 53, of Arizona, broke the Senior Games record for the javelin throw in her age division. Linda Cohn set the shattered record in 2007 with 29.71 meters. Alegria threw 29.83 meters.
Kirk Bentz, 57, of California, broke a Senior Games record in pole vault for the men’s 55 – 59 competitions Monday morning. Bentz’s 4.05-meter vault blew away his very own record he set back in 2009 of 3.83 meters.
Two competitors broke the Senior Games record in the women’s 55 – 59 800-meter run Monday. The time to beat was Jeanne Hoagland’s 2:51.73 set in 1995. Second-place finisher Caryl Chlan, 56, of Louisiana, beat the record with a time of 2:49.58, and Paula Dickson-Taylor, 58, of New Jersey, finished first with a time of 2:46.48