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November 8, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Pomeroy, Pierce enjoy Masters Championships

Diane Tedford Pomeroy and her coach, Roger Pierce, had the time of their lives at the World Masters Track and Field Championships in Porto Alegre, Brazil recently.

The outdoor championship meet is held every other year in a different country, and over 4,000 participated in the Olympic-style competition for athletes age 30 and over.

Pomeroy, who used to live in Beverly and now resides in Essex, won three individual silver medals (400 meter, 800 and 1,500) and was a member of two gold medal winning relays at the US Masters Track and Field Nationals last July. She had competed in Worlds in 2011 before starting to train with Pierce, but never placed in world competition until now.

The All-American track star at Bryant University and member of the school’s Hall of Fame won the semifinal heat in the 400; two days later she ran a 63.84 to take third, just 1.54 seconds behind the Australian winner. She also won the 800 semifinal and placed fifth in the final in 2:30.49.

Pomeroy still holds records at Bryant and Wahconah Regional High School.

Pierce, 69, a former Beverly High runner and captain of the Northeastern University team, holds three world titles in the 400 meter and has 13 gold medals in world competition as well as 31 USA national titles.

Injuries have plagued him much of the past year, but he ran well enough to place fourth in the 400, fifth in the 200, sixth in the 100 and was also a member of the gold medal relay team at the US Nationals. His goal was to qualify for the 400 meter finals, and he exceeded his expectations with a fifth place finish (66.15), only 1.7 seconds out of second.

Pierce advanced to the semifinals in the 100 and 200, but didn’t run the 200 to watch the 47-year-old Pomeroy in the 800 finals at another stadium across town. He competed in the 65 plus category, anchoring the 4x100 relay to victory in 52.83 and an hour later ran a strong second leg on the winning 4x400 team (4:22).

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