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On Aug. 3, mature athletes from all over converge on the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center/Transamerica Field for the 2006 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Think you'll be watching a bunch of over-the-hill runners, sprinters and jumpers compete for a considerably longer period of time than their younger counterparts? Witness Houston's Bill Collins, the world record holder for men ages 55-59 in both the 100 and 200 meters, clocking times of 11.41 and 23.36 seconds respectively. Nine former Olympians will also grace the field, most you won't remember except maybe Henry Andrade who was a member of the 1996 Cape Verde team in Atlanta. The oldest expected entrant is Baker, LA, resident Trent Lane, 96, a competitor in the shot put, discus, hammer and javelin! The games run through Aug. 6 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Events start at 7am each day. For more information, go to www.usatf.com/events/2006/USAMastersOutdoorTFChampionships.

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