Birthdate: September 5, 1934
Education: University of Colorado – BSEE (after 4 years in US Navy.)
Age Group: 75 – 79
Events: 60, 100, 200 and 400 Meters, Relays
Running Background: Bill had no experience in sprinting in high school or college and became a recreational runner/jogger starting at age 34, running mostly trails with his buddies, an occasional 5k or 10k and one marathon. He was a track wannabe so tried a couple of masters track meets when he was 43 but didn’t have the time or knowledge to train. In 2006 he met Coach Joy Upshaw who began (and continues) to train him in sprinting. He ran his first race in 2006 at the age of 72.
Career Highlights: His first track meet was the 2006 Huntsman Games where he was 3rd in the 100 and 4th in the 200. In June, 2007 he ran at the National Senior Games in Louisville where he finished 5th in the 200. The next milestone was when he ran with the USA 4 x 100 Relay team at the 2007 World Masters T & F Championships in Riccione, Italy. The USA finished 4th. At the 2008 US National Championships in Spokane he was 5th in the 200.
In Oct. 2009 he ran his first 400 meters at the World Masters Games in Sydney, Australia. He took 3rd place with the fastest time (74.53 sec.) by an American in 2009 in the 75 – 79 age group. At the 2010 US Indoor Championships in Boston he was 3rd in the 400 meters. At the 2010 US Outdoor National Championships in Sacramento, CA he was 1st in the 400, took 2nd in the 100m and 200m and 1st in the 4 x 400 meter relay. He has won twenty five medals to date.
The Latest: In the 2011 World Masters Championships in Sacramento, Bill was part of the (M75) gold winning 4 x 100 relay, and part of the (M75) 4 x 400 relay which took the Silver.
In the 2012 Masters Indoor Championships the took the Bronze in the 400 Meters.