The 31st Hayward Classic was held at the historic Hayward Field this afternoon. As one of the premiere Masters events of the year, the Hayward Classic was home to Masters athletes across the globe that range in age anywhere from 30 years old to the oldest competitor who was 96 years old. No other event in the world contains the diverse culture that the Hayward Classic presents and it continues to grow by the year.
Among the most notable performances was 96-year-old Daniel Bulkley who ran the 100 meters this afternoon. Bulkley was notably the oldest competitor and managed to record a 28.07 time.
92-year-old Melanie Reske was the oldest woman to compete in today’s event. Reske represented the local Oregon Track Club and threw an impressive 6.06 meters in the women’s javelin throw.
While the two oldest athletes competed on their own, the mere fact that they are still willing to remain competitive in their respective sport is an inspiration within itself. Bulkley and Reske epitomized the love for sports and will be remembered by the Hayward Classic for years to come.
Also in attendance was former USA Olympian Gary Stenlund who competed in the javelin throw at the 68′ Olympics in Mexico City. At the age of 72, Stenlund is still throwing and even captured a first place medal at the Hayward Classic today with a 48.00 meter throw in the men’s javelin. After being recruited by the one and only Bill Bowerman heading into college, Stenlund had an illustrious career at nearby OSU and even remembers competing at Hayward for the first time at 19 years old when Hayward was home to Oregon football as well.
There truly is nothing like the Hayward Classic. For Masters athletes, Hayward Field and the Hayward Classic are the meccas of track and field and it will continue to serve as the alternative Olympics for athletes in all stages of life.