Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, 101, became the oldest female athlete to ever compete in the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters. The Championships were hosted in her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Julia shaved more than six seconds off the current certified world record for women aged 100 or older.
She had some fun with the media, posing for photos and telling USATF after the event, “I missed my nap for this.”
In June, Hawkins ran 39.62 for the 100, which is an age-group world record by six seconds. The time is pending certification as a record.
Hawkins took up running last year at age 100. In March, she told Runner’s World, “I knew I could run, because I’m always in the yard working, and when the phone rings, I go running inside to answer it.”
She was not the only woman to turn in an impressive performance at the masters championships.
Mary Norckauer, 92, also of Baton Rouge, ran in the same heat as Hawkins and ran 33.21. She entered four running events and six field events and won them all. Christel Donley, 82, won the heat in 21.60.