It's going to get heavy; National Masters Throws and Ultra Weight Pentathlons here this weekend

Event at West Seattle Stadium August 18th-19th

The United States Track and Field Association’s (USATF) National Masters Throws and Ultra Weight Pentathlon will be held Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 18-19) at West Seattle Stadium.

Men and women ages 30 and over will be competing.

Events begin at 8:00am each day.

The throws pentathlon is a Masters (age 30-105+) event consisting of 5 events , the hammer, shot put , discus throw, javelin throw and weight throw. They must be contested in order. Weight of implement goes down in 10 year increments after age 50 as age increases. Athletes compete in 5 years age groups, 50-54, 55-59 etc. Each distance, for each event has a point score based on its relationship to the world records for the events. The athlete with the highest number of points wins.

The First Masters National Championship was held at Husky Stadium in 1992. It was organized by West Seattle residents Ken Weinbel and George Mathews (former WS resident and meet director of this year’s event), with the help of West Seattle resident Leon Joslin. That first meet was conducted by the Seattle Masters Athletic Club, who is also responsible for building the area’s only hammer cage 18 years ago at West Seattle Stadium. The ultra weight pentathlon was also created by Weinbel and Mathews and will be contested on Sunday.

Three time Olympic hammer thrower and flag bearer at the LA Olympics, Ed Burke, 72, of Los Gatos, Ca. will be competing and looking to break world records in the Throws Pentathlon and Super Weight Throw in the meet this weekend. Meet Director and five time Masters World champion in the weight and hammer throw, George Mathews, will be looking to break his American record in the age 65-69 Super Weight (44lb.) throw. Over 60 athletes have entered the meet and come from all over the United States.

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