Masters Runner Shaheed Named USATF Athlete Of The Week

Nolan Shaheed is a longtime and experienced masters runner from Pasadena, Calif. Already the owner of multiple age-group records, Shaheed took down the world record for the indoor mile this past weekend in Ithaca, N.Y. With his 4:57.06 clocking her broke the standing world record of 5:01.76 set by American Dan Conway in 1999.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Longtime masters standout Nolan Shaheed of Pasadena, Calif.,has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting a masters world indoor mile record Saturday at the Hartshorne Memorial Miles at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Shaheed ran in the men’s 50-59 mile race where he finished eighth, but his time of 4:57.06 is a new world indoor record in the M60-64 age group. Shaheed’s performance bettered the old mark of 5:01.76 set by American Dan Conway in 1999. Shaheed’s new indoor record is faster than the listed American outdoor record of 4:58.2 by James Sutton from 1991.

Also known for making beautiful music off the track, Shaheed served as musical director for all-time Motown great Marvin Gaye from 1974-1976, and through the years has performed with such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, Anita Baker and Natalie Cole. Shaheed served as the lead trumpet player with the Count Basie Orchestra from 1976-1979, and also performed with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton Orchestras. Shaheed has been one of the top studio musicians in Los Angeles since 1974, and is in great demand on the Jazz scene. He currently owns a recording studio and is a music producer.

Now in its ninth year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

Winners: January 13, Jen Clayton; January 20, Shalane Flanagan; January 27, Nolan Shaheed.

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