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Matteson Aims for Records


June 24, 2011

Bob Matteson
BENNINGTON - Bennington's senior track master, Bob Matteson, is finally returning to the track, taking aim at the three remaining single-age records.

Matteson, 94, set records in the 100-meters, 200-meters and 400 meters on June 26, 2010, at the Vermont Senior Games meet in Burlington, but he has been on the shelf, recovering from cancer.

About a month ago, with his cancer in remission, he began training again, aiming for the three marks that allude him - the 800-meters, the 1,500-meters and the 3,000-meters. Matteson attempted the 800 and 1,500 at the Adirondack Championships in Valatie, N.Y. on June 17. He was the only runner in the age bracket, winning by default in a time of 7 minutes, 8.52 seconds in the 800 and 13:54.31 in the 1,500.

His next and last attempt for the Age-94 sweep will be on Saturday, as Matteson turns 95 that day. He will compete in the President's Open Meet at Schenectady, N.Y., attempting to beat the records of 6:19.05 (800) and 13:01.2 (1,500). Matteson will also have to run the 3,000 on Saturday, but there's no time listed for the Age-94 bracket, so he will pass if he runs it in a respectable time.

Matteson said he isn't sure if he would run the 3,000, but that he expects to give it a try.

If Matteson can complete the triple by Saturday, he will have reached that goal for the third year in a row.

After Saturday, he may aim for the five-year age group records (95-to-100), times more competitive and prestigious than the single- age bests.

There will be several meets in July and August to aim for those records.

Author: Banner Staff
Compliments of: The Bennington Banner

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