Jeff Harrell recently completed his 2017 Masters Track and Field schedule in Abilene, where he moved to No. 2 in the men’s discus 75-79 age group world rankings with an effort of 140 feet. The throw is the longest by a Texan in 75-79 Masters history and third longest by an American in the age classification.
“Worldwide there are 17,448 athletes from 107 countries listed on Masters Track and Field,” Harrell said. “The top 300 discus throwers are ranked in my age group of 75-79 and I’m ranked No. 2. Not bad for a guy that never threw a discus until I was 60 years old.”
In June, after rehabbing from a second shoulder surgery, Harrell won the National Senior Games age 75-79 discus championship with what was then a new record of 131 feet, 5 inches.
Looking ahead to his competitive future, Harrell is contemplating a return around four years from now to take part in the 80-85 age group, if he still “feels good.”
“No one holds the title and record in three different age groups,” Harrell said. “I do in two and would like to be the first to hold three.”