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February 2, 2013

Beverly resident fast becoming a master at Masters sprinting

Under trainer Roger Pierce’s tutorage, Diane Pomeroy is fast becoming one of the best Masters’ sprinters in the country.

Last weekend at the East Regional Masters Championship in Providence, the Beverly resident won three gold medals. Pomeroy captured the 400 meter race in 63.03, the 200 in 28.58, and ran the second leg on the 4x200 relay team to set a new American record. She had a 28-second leg to help the team break the old mark in the women’s 40-49 age category by just over three seconds (1:53.74).

“It was a remarkable effort by four excellent women,” said Pierce, who was unable to race himself because of a hamstring injury. The 68-year old from Essex is a 13-time world champion and 11-time world record holder. “Pomeroy is the top ranked US woman for the indoor season in her age group in the 200, 400, 600 and 800 meters. She’s had a remarkable indoor season and is unbeaten in her age group after more than nine track competitions.”

It is ironic that Liz Palmer, who organized the relay, was unable to compete after suffering an injury earlier in the meet. Beth Clark of Rhode Island took her place on the team with Pomeroy, Sarah Lawson of Boston and Latrisha Dendy of New York. It was the first time the foursome had ever raced together, and they were unable to practice before the event.

Pomeroy was an All-American at Bryant University and has won the Buffalo Marathon. She has only been sprinting for two years and is still learning the techniques of sprinting as opposed to longer distances.

“Diane is an absolutely remarkable athlete, and at 5-foot-3 and only 114 (pounds), she’s pound-for-pound one of the best sprinters I know,” said Pierce. “Her background in middle and long distance running has given her the experience and confidence to become one of the best sprinters in the country and one of the top 10 in the world.

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