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Masters heat up Northwest regional.

Byline: Paula Lincoln The Register-Guard

HAYWARD FIELD CLASSIC

The pole vault pit may well be the hot spot at this weekend's 25th annual Hayward Field Classic and not just because the local weather forecast is for warm, sunny days to accompany the late-morning event at the Northwest regional masters track and field meet.

Springfield's Harvey Lewellen and Canadian athlete Olga Kotelko have added the pole vault to their list of regular events and will be competing in the men's 75-80 and women's 85-90 divisions, respectively, on Sunday.

Lewellen, a 77-year-old masters competitor, holds several American and world records in throwing events including the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

Kotelko, 87, holds 12 world records for her 85- to 90-year-old age group.

`And not just because she's lived a long time,' said Jack Anderson, the meet's media and marketing coordinator. `She's a good athlete as well.'

If Kotelko competes in the pole vault this weekend, she will be the first woman over 85 in the event in the Classic's 25-year history.

Kotelko is entered in 11 other events as well.

Lewellen, Kotelko, Dan Bulkley of Phoenix, Ore., and Peter Magill of South Pasadena, Calif., will be among 309 athletes entered in this year's Classic.

It begins its two-day run at 8:30 a.m Saturday when the day's first event, the javelin, is scheduled to begin.

The 10,000 meters, set for 9 a.m. Saturday, kicks off the track events that conclude with the 3,000 at 3 p.m.

Sunday's schedule opens with the discus at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5,000 meters at 9 a.m. The relays will be the final event of the meet at 1:20 p.m.

There should be plenty of good competition for fans who prefer the middle- and long-distance races.

Magill, who turned 45 on June 19 to move up into the 45-50 age division, will be trying to break the age-group world record in the 1,500 (4:00.53) and/or the 3,000 (8:56.59).

`He's a very good runner,' Anderson said.

The 1,500, which is one of the meet's biggest draws, is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.

There will be no admission charge.

The meet features masters athletes ages 40-and-above and sub-masters athletes ages 30 to 40.
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Date:Jun 23, 2006
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