Flo Meiler, athlete, octogenarian, and Shelburnite, recently won yet another pile of medals at the USA Track and Field Masters Indoor Championships in Landover, Maryland the weekend of March 16.
The hard part of the track meet came when, after injuring a hamstring on the third day of the meet, Meiler still had to compete in the high jump and triple jump. Despite her injury, she managed to get a second-place finish in both events.
One exciting moment was the finish of the 60-meter dash. Meiler came in third, finishing just .8 of a second behind the first-place runner. There were two runners in her heat who were over 100 years old; Meiler said they were fantastic, and that she befriended one and later showed her new centenarian friend how to throw a shot put.
Over the course of three days, Meiler competed in ten events and medaled in all of them, winning four golds, five silvers, and one bronze. She won gold medals in the pentathlon, the pole vault, the 60m hurdles, and the long jump. The meet was the largest ever of its kind, attracting 1,219 entries from athletes ages 30 and up.
“It was a fantastic experience,” Meiler said.v