Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins raced to victory Tuesday morning against what might best be described as a field for the ages.
The 103-year-old Hawkins completed her women’s 100-meter dash in 46.07 seconds at UNM track stadium. It was a bit off her world record time (39.62) for the age division, but Hawkins hardly minded. She raised her arms in joy moments later while accepting a 2019 National Senior Games gold medal.
“It was fun,” Hawkins said of the five-person heat composed of five 90-plus women and one man, 100-year-old Gerald Meyer. “Maybe I’ll retire now — or maybe not. In two years I might be ready for the next one.”