Track & Field Elite Kathy Bergen Leads the Way with Eight High Marks
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, June 25, 2019 – As the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana ends competition today, more than 202 new records have set a higher bar for future competition. In addition to 17 pending new American records, 185 National Senior Games records were shattered by 124 athletes in eight sports including track and field, swimming, cycling, triathlon, archery, road race, race walk and bowling.
The most decorated athlete this year is Californian Kathy Bergen with three American and five National Senior Games high marks. This was the ninth appearance at The Games for the 80-year-old track and field elite, and she equally credits hard work and being the youngest competitor entering a new age group (80-84) for her success.
Four athletes set two or more American records, and all are female. They are as follows:
- Kathy Bergen, 80, La Canada, CA
- 100 meter dash with a time of 15.98 seconds
- 200 meter dash with a time of 35.71 seconds
- High Jump dash with a height of 1.17 meters
- Florence “Flo” Meiler, 85, Shelburne, VT
- High Jump with a height of 0.91 meters
- Hammer Throw with a distance of 18.1 meters
- Colleen Burns, 70, McIntosh, NM
- 400 meter dash with a time of 1:15.68
- 1500 meter race with a time of 6:15.98
- Elsbeth Padia, 81, Belmont, CA
- Hammer Throw with a distance of 26.71 meters
- Javelin Throw with a distance of 20.12 meters
A total of ten individuals now hold at least one of the 17 American records set. Note that all records are pending until each sport’s respective sanctioning body officially certifies the results. See links for more.