Patterson puts strong efforts into track World Masters pentathlon event
Linda Patterson, head coach of Sonoma Valley High School’s boys’ and girls’ track and field teams, heaves the shot-put during the women’s weight-pentathlon event at the recent World Masters Athletic championships in Sacramento.
When a coach talks about performing at a high-level consistently in any sport, his or her words hold more meaning when they physically exhibit what they’re talking about.
For Sonoma Valley High School boys’ and girls’ track and field head-coach, Linda Patterson, successfully competing in her age-group has not only warranted the respect of the athletes under her tutoring, but showed there’s a long future in a sport where age isn’t a factor when heart, desire and talent are displayed.
Patterson – a Redwood High School and California State University, Hayward graduate and prep and college track and field standout – has been a regular, and consistent top-finisher, on the senior track and field circuit the past two years.
Between July 6 and 17, Patterson, 56, traveled to Sacramento to compete in the weight-pentathlon at the challenging World Masters Athletic championships and, battling in a packed field of the world’s best master’s women in the five-weight-disciplined event, turned in an upbeat 15th-place overall finish.
In the five pentathlon weight-events, Patterson earned a 10th-place finish in the javelin at 60-feet even; a shot-put 12th-place at 25 feet, 5 inches; two 13th-places in hammer and weight at 74-2 and 23-0, respectively; and a discus 14th at 58-3.
Patterson will continue her track and field ventures riding her valuable and re-enforcing World Masters experience.