Coach Joy Upshaw, won five (5) national championships at the recent USA Track & FIeld (USATF) Masters Championships held on July 22-25 at the Iowa State Cyclone Sports Complex. Over 1,200 Masters athletes participated in the event.
This was Joy’s first year competing in the 60-64 year old age group and she won 1st place in all of her events: 100meters, 200meters, 80 meter hurdles, long jump and 4×100 relay. Three of her running times were this year’s top times in the world for her age group!
Coach Joy is a veteran of Masters Track and has been actively competing for over 45 years throughout middle school, high school, college and now Masters. She’s won 24 Masters world championships and was inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame in 2012. She is also the current Masters Chair for the USATF Pacific Association.
She enjoy’s the sport very much and that is why she loves to coach our Joy’s Jackrabbits Track Club! Not only do our Jackrabbits learn about the events, but she teaches good sportsmanship and the history of the sport too! Yay!
She has coordinated a Masters Elite Club which got 6th Place out of 111 teams competing at Nationals, too!
About USATF Masters Track & Field
USATF Masters actively promotes fitness, friendship, volunteerism, athletic development, competition, and inclusive sportsmanship. All levels of ability are welcomed and encouraged to participate. usatfmasters.org
USATF Masters offers local, regional, national and international competition opportunities in track and field, long-distance running, and race walking for athletes 35 years of age and older (25 and older at USATF Masters Track and Field Championships).