It’s never too late to set a world record. Yes, even if you’re a centenarian.

They weren’t the fastest athletes at the 2018 USA Track and Field Masters Indoor Championships, but Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, 102, and Orville Rogers, 100, certainly stole the show.

Hawkins, who didn’t take up running until she was 100, set a pending world record in the 100+ age group for the 60-meter dash by running it in 24.79 seconds. She beat out Ida Keeling’s time of 58.34 seconds.  Then, she went over to the shot put, and put up another indoor record performance by throwing it 2.77 meters.

Keep an eye on Hawkins in lane 2:



For Hawkins, who said “I missed my nap for this,” at the 2017 Outdoor Championships, it was her indoor track debut.

The Baton Rouge, La. resident got her athletic career underway at 81 when she took up cycling. A former schoolteacher, she then decided to give running a try almost two decades later.

“I enjoy challenges,” she told WBRC. “I lost my husband a few years ago, and I had to fill my life up with something else, and this is one of the things…I knew I could run because the phone always rings when I’m in the yard, and I run in for the phone.”

As for 100-year-old Orville Rogers, he lit up the 60-meter dash, too, setting an age group record with a time of 19.13 seconds. He beat out rival, 93-year-old Dixon Hemphill with a .12 time difference.

Here’s Rogers in lane 2 of the photo-finish race:



Following that event, Rogers went on to set an age group world record in the 1500-meter run with a time of 20:00.91. The day prior, the World War II bomber pilot from Dallas who flew a B-36 on secret missions during the Korean Conflict set an age group record in the 400-meter by covering it in 4:16.90.

“I love the thrill of preparation and training,” he told Runner’s World. “When I compete, I am not just running against the people out on the track at that moment, I am running against everyone who has run the event before me. That is gratifying to me.”

Their physical strength and speed may not be what it was decades ago, but Hawkins and Rogers have hearts as strong as any athlete out there. You can put a “world record” stamp on that, too.