Age is just a number, they say. To Bill Platts, 90, the one he has been more interested in is "six" — that's how many track and field events he conquered at the United States Track and Field Masters Championships at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. in July.
Plattsset World and American Records and was the National Champion in six Track and Field events and was the also the gold medalist in the javelin, shotput, discus, long jump, hammer and weight throw. Platts set a new world record in the javelin and set new American records in the weight throw and javelin.
Setting records is nothing new to Platts. Previously, he set a new American record in the throws pentathlon at the Seattle Stadium and broke the world record in the pentathlon by almost 1,000 points at the nationals in Kansas City. In 2013, USA Track and Field voted Platts the "National Master Track and Field Athlete of the Year." Platts is currently ranked by the "World Master Ranking" as number one in the world in the long jump, hammer, javelin, and weight throw and second in the discus.
Platt's next track meet is at the Nevada Senior Games in Las Vegas, Sept. 14 to Oct. 14. He intends to again set a new world record in the throws pentathlon.
Platts credits "diversity training" for keeping in shape. In addition to track and field events, he enjoys fishing, hunting, back packing and long walks on the Green Belt. "You have to make it fun and train like you are old, or you will soon drop out and get in the rocking chair," Platts said. "Diversity training makes it interesting and it works. This week I am going elk hunting and next week I will be going to the Washington Coast to get in the winter supply of salmon. This is diversity training."