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Milwaukies Monica Kendall wins her division of the shot put at the USA Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships with a record throw

by: JOHN DENNY - American record-holder Monica KendallMilwaukie 57-year-old Monica Kendall continues her assault on the American track and field record books.

The retired Riverside Elementary School physical education teacher last month travelled to Landover, Maryland, for the USA Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships and broke a 19-year-old American age-group record for the shot put.

Kendall launched the 6.6-pound shot put 42-9-1/3, earning first place and setting a new American indoor standard in the division for 55- to 59-year-old women. The old mark was 38-11-3/4, set by Joanne Grissom of Indiana in 1994.

It’s not the first American Masters age-group record for Kendall. Last summer, competing in an open meet at the Mac Wilkins Concordia Throws Center, Kendall set the American outdoor shot put record for 55- to 59-year-old women, at 43-4-4/5, breaking her own American outdoor record for that age division, set a year earlier, at 42-11-1/2. Before setting the 55-59 record two years ago, at age 55, the outdoor record had stood since 1993, when Grissom had a record outdoor throw of 40-5.

Kendall is also the American record holder for outdoor competition in the shot put (48-0-3/4) and javelin (143-5-1/4) for women ages 50-54, and for outdoor competition in the javelin for women ages 45-49 (136-4-1/2).

“This was my first indoor nationals and I did what I set out to do,” Kendall said of her record from last month’s indoor nationals. “All of my throws were over the old American record, and I placed first in the event.”

Kendall explained why it has taken her so long to get her first American indoor record: “We don’t have the indoor facilities like they have in the Midwest and on the East Coast, so it’s hard to find sanctioned indoor meets around here.”

Kendall, who works out five to six days a week the year around, plans to continue her record setting this summer, as she competes in sanctioned outdoor meets in Oregon.

“I want to up my record in the shot,” Kendall says. “And I’d like to up my personal record for the weight pentathlon.”

Kendall explained that the weight pentathlon includes five weight events — the shot put, javelin, discus, hammer and the weight throw, which uses a 16-pound implement similar to the hammer, only with a shorter handle.

She did the weight throw, without a spin, at last month’s indoor nationals and finished second in the 55-59 age division, with a throw of 38-10.