Overstakes place 1st, 3rd at national meet


Claire and Grant Overstake hold their trophies on the podium having placed first in the women?s heptathlon and third in the men?s decathlon at the masters track and field national meet Aug. 15-16.

While many?if not most?TV-watching Americans allow the word ?vacation? to be defined by Corona?s portrait of beach-side seats under umbrellas on some lost Carribean shoreline, Hillsboro residents Grant and Claire Overstake spent theirs competing in the USATF Masters national championships Aug. 15-16 in Shoreline, Washington.

The Overstakes, both 52, finished first in the women?s heptathlon and third in the men?s decathlon, respectively.

Grant used first-place performances in the shot put (12.42 meters) and javelin (42.97) to power his finish in the top half of a group of seven. He also finished second in the long jump (4.69) and discus (39.57), third in the pole vault (2.80), fourth in the 100-meter short hurdles (21.01 seconds), fifth in the 400-meter run (1:11.82), and sixth in the high jump (1.39 meters) and 100 meter dash (14.47 seconds).

With only one other competitor in her category, Claire beat out BJ Freeman of Calgary to win her title. Her results were: shot put (7.89 meters), javelin throw (19.84), long jump (2.98), high jump (1.06), 200-meter dash (34.75 seconds), 800-meter run (3:47.38), and 100 short hurdles (17.62).

The Overstakes are not new to this level of competition, having traveled to Joplin, Mo. for the same event last summer. In this format, athletes compete against each other and against age-graded tables, with points awarded based on times and distances as well as a competitor?s age.

The person who has the most points at the end of the competition is declared the winner.

She and husband Grant, who directs public relations at Tabor College, train together year-round?something they?ve done since they became high school sweethearts at Wichita Heights High, Class of 1975.

They also ran track while at the University of Kansas, she as a sprinter and hurdler, and he as a decathlete.

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