Monthly Archives: March 2013

Harry Marra Talks about Ashton Eaton’s training (video) Part 1

Here’s more from the “World’s Greatest Track & Field Clinic.”  This clinic was on Feb 3, 2013 at Westmont College.  The clinic benefited the “Women’s Athletic Performance Foundation” —

They are always looking for donations, so if you like what you see, go to and donate. Continue reading

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John Prader — the newest member of the 18′ Club

In a day of many PRs at the Cal Poly/ Invitational, one stood out above the rest.  Above Ashton Eaton’s Javelin PR (218-7.5), above Sharon Day’s long jump near-PR (20-1.5)…was John Prader’s 5.50 meter Pole Vault.  Lesser known for sure, but this kid’s speed, power, and technique (reminiscent of Scott Huffman without the roll) are just starting to pay off.  Take a look at this vault…with room to spare!  I’m proud to say I occasionally work out with this cat!


According to TFRRS, this ranks him #1 in Outdoor NCAA Track & Field.

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My Masters American Record — or when is a Record not a Record

I don’t typically write about myself on this blog, but this is a special occasion, so here it goes…

My American Record

Over the weekend of March 3, 2012, I broke the “recognized” M40 Heptathlon American Record.  I’m super proud of my accomplishment, but at the same time I know there should be an asterisk by my name and mark.

Here’s a link to the USATF 40-44 American Records — unfortunately, I have no idea when it will be updated.  When it is, my name will appear on the same list as such greats as Dwight Stone (HJ world record holder, 2 time Olympic metalist), Gail Deavers (3 time Olympic Gold metalist, 5 time world outdoor champion, 4 time indoor world champion: 100m, 100H, 4×100), Brian Oldfield (SP world record holder and Olympian), Johnny Gray (800M American Record Holder and Olympic Bronze metalist), Pat Manson (PV 19foot club, 3 time Pan American games champion), Ray Kimble (TJ — 57′ club).  It’s completely surreal.  But that’s Masters track for you; you get some true greats on the same list as some really goods. Continue reading

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