David E. Ortman (65), a Genesee Valley Harriers multi-event athlete, returned from Malaga, Spain, on September 17th, from the World Masters Athletic (WMA) Track and Field meet after completing a successful year of running for the GVHs in a new M65-69 age group.
In April, he ran leadoff for the winning GVH M60+ 4×1 and 4×4 relays at the Penn Relays, in Philadelphia.
In May, at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene, he set a Hayward Classic masters track meet age-group record in the M65 400m (63.46), twenty years after setting the M45 400m Hurdle age group record (59.06, which still stands).
In July, he won the USATF National Masters Championship Pentathlon in Cheney, WA (3515 age-graded points, including a 27.30 200m and 4.79m long jump); took second in the high jump (1.45m) and 400m (61.46); third in the Triple Jump (9.09m); and fifth in the Long Jump (4.39m) and 100m (13.37), accumulating 28 points for the GVHs.
In September, in Malaga, Spain, he won the M65-69 300m Hurdles (47.66) at the WMA world masters track and field meet held every two years. He also won gold medals running leadoff for the 4×1 (51.19) and 4×4 relays. The 4×4 relay time of 4:04.78 broke the age group U.S. record. He also placed fourth in the High Jump (1.48m) and 400m (51.50); and eighth in the Long Jump (4.76m). In addition, to the two relays, he had the highest US placement in the M65-69 age group in the 300m Hurdles, the 400m, the long jump, and the high jump.
Ortman now lives in Seattle, WA.