Friday, March 10, 2017

Texas Distance Festival-March 18th

Check out note from Eric Mastalir in comment section.
In the 5th year of this event, two California runners (Cooper Teare and Luis Grijalva) will take part in the loaded 5k field. The current Northern California record for 5k on the track is held by Eric Mastalir Jesuit at 14:01.4 from 1986 and this could be the first time in a long while that two NorCal runners take a shot at one of the all-time great records. The meet will be live streamed on MileSplit at this LINK. Photo above courtesy of MileSplit.

The following is from Eric's coach, Walt Lange in what he remembers about that record performance.
"Eric got that time at the World Jr Championships in Romania.  He finished 9th in the race and was the first non-African finisher.  The winner ran barefoot. Eric ran the last 1600 in 4:20.  He qualified for that final just two days earlier by running 14:02.05, which is still #2 on the California list.

Hard to make a judgment re how the mark compares with our other records, I'll let others debate that. But it is impressive--done in mid-summer several time zones away, not in the familiar setting of the California state meet."

You can check out ALL the current Northern California Track and Field records here:


Anonymous said...

Those guy's are outstanding runner's but that record is not going down. IMHO!

Albert Caruana said...

I agree that it will be a tough record to break. That he ran 14:02 two days before the record date and it was in the middle of summer makes the record more impressive.

To note, 14:01 5k is approximately equivalent to a 4:06 mile and 8:45 2 miles.

Eric Mastalir said...

Nice to see my name still being mentioned this many years later! I hope my record goes down---time for it to fall. That 14:02 and 14:01 was run in Athens. I had a warm up meet days before in Romania on the way to Greece. Thanks to everyone--especially Coach Lange, who made all that possible. Eric Mastalir

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