Minnesotans at the 2010 World Indoor Championships
By Thom Weddle with photo by Barb Spannaus
The 4th World Indoor Championship in Athletics was held March 1st through March 6th in Kamloops, British Columbia. Sixty countries were represented, including three Minnesotans. They competed in seven events and returned with a gold medal, two silver medals and two bronze medals.
Kevin Gross, M40, in his first ever national masters competition took the gold medal in the high jump with a mark of 1.90 meters.
Jim Sheehan, M60, qualified for the 800 finals with a time of 2:32.26. He ran 4.93 seconds faster in the finals, but was 1.06 seconds out of third place. He took the bronze medal in the 1500, running 5:06.68, and was 0.47 seconds out of second.
Thom Weddle, M70, finished fourth in the 8K cross country race, which was also a team race. The combined times of the first three US finishers was good enough for second place. He took the bronze medal in the 800 with a time of 2:53.27; was fourth in the 3000, 0.27 of a second out of third, and finished second in the 1500 in a time of 5:45.57.
Kevin went to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He lettered four years in indoor and outdoor track, and served as a team captain. He participated in four NCAA III National Meets and was an All American in 1990 and 1993. For most of the past five years he was ranked 1st in the high jump for both the 35-39 and 40-44 age groups.
Jim Sheehan attended Minnesota State University, in Mankato. He was captain, all conference and voted Most Valuable Player. He set the mile run indoor record for the field house and ran 23:20 for five miles. Last year he was inducted into their Hall of Fame for being on the greatest Track Team in over a 100 year history at the university.
Photo by Barb Spannaus, L-R, Kevin Gross, Thom Weddle, Jim Sheehan