The headline athlete in the 2019 National Senior Games in and around Albuquerque this week has been Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins of Louisiana.
Most are eagerly anticipating Tuesday’s 100-meter dash, in which she holds a world record. But on Monday, Hawkins raced in the 50-meter dash at the UNM track & field complex in a race with all other racers being from a younger division.
Hawkins’ wearing a red U.S.A. Track & Field shirt, clocked a time of 21.06, which appears to be a new Senior Games record for the the women’s 100-plus age division as there is no record of a past female competitor in the 50-meters.
Tuesday’s 100-meter race, which is scheduled to have another 100-plus women’s division competitor, is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. at the UNM track complex. Admission is free.
Here is an article highlighting Hawkins from Saturday’s Journal:
• ‘Hurricane’ still blazing a trail at 103