Diane Tedford-Pomeroy and her coach, Roger Pierce, brought home a bunch of medals from the USA National Masters Track and Field Championships in Kansas earlier this month.
The 47-year-old Tedford-Pomeroy, a former Beverly resident now living in Essex, collected silver medals in the 400, 800 and 1500 meter events. She was also a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that took gold.
Pierce, who is 68, collected his 32nd gold medal as a member of the men’s 60-69 year-old 4x100 relay team. He has set many world records and has won numerous world and U.S. sprint championships over the past 30 years.
“I am incredibly happy to be on the winning relay team because I wanted to win a gold medal for my 18-month-old granddaughter, Maddie,” said Pierce.
The competitors had to brave 95-degree heat with wind gusts up to 25 mph all four days of the championships (July 11-14). Tedford-Pomeroy displayed her versatility, strength and endurance by competing in so many events and finishing first or second in every one.
“In all her individual races, Diane aggressively took the lead from the gun and led nearly all the way,” said Pierce. “In the 400 meter final (her best event), she was stride for stride with (46-year old) Charmaine Roberts, a former Jamaican standout now living in the United States.”
Tedford-Pomeroy and Roberts pulled away from the rest of the field early and raced down the final straightaway together. In the last 30 meters Roberts took the lead and won the race in 60.97 seconds while Tedford-Pomeroy was right behind her in 63.32.
The 800 meter event was held the next day, and once again Tedford-Pomeroy shot out to an early lead, setting a torrid pace. But Roberts shadowed her and caught up on the final straight. Roberts, one of the best 800 runners in the world, pulled ahead with 50 meters to go and held on to win in 2:26.34, besting Tedford-Pomeroy’s 2:28.18.