Mauians win national masters gold

Matt Holton gives a shaka as he wears his medals won at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships, which were held Thursday through Sunday in Ames, Iowa. Holton won gold in the 10,000 meters and silver in the 5,000 meters in his division. Photo courtesy of Cristina Pineda

The Maui News

Maui’s Cynthia Monteleone, Matt Holton and Mary Trotto competed at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships last week, and each left Ames, Iowa, with gold — and more.

Competing in the men’s 40-44 division, Holton won the 10,000 meters. The Maui High School graduate and member of the Honu Elite racing team was on the shoulder of the leader until the halfway point when he made his move to win.

Holton’s time of 34 minutes, 10 seconds was the fastest among all men competing in the distance, regardless of age.

He had earlier claimed the silver medal in the 5,000, finishing in 16:26.20 — that was the third-fastest time overall.

Cynthia Monteleone poses with her medal haul after winning the 400 and 800 meters, as well as the shot put. She was also part of two winning relay teams. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Monteleone

Monteleone, competing in the women’s 40-44 division, is bringing home five golds after winning three individual events and being part of two winning relay teams.

Monteleone blew away the field in the 400 and 800 meters. Her time of 59.85 seconds in the 400 was over five seconds ahead of the runner-up, while in the 800, she won by nearly 14 seconds in 2:35.75. The Lahainaluna track and field coach added another gold with her win in shot put with a throw of 8.14 meters — she was the only competitor to start in her division.

She also won silver in the 200 (26.32) and finished fifth in the 100 (13.42). In the 200, Monteleone was edged out by just 0.19 seconds for gold.

With her Southwest Sprinters Track Club, Monteleone also won two relay gold medals, in the 30-34 400 relay (53.25) and the 40-44 1,600 relay (4:30.64).

Trotto had a busy meet, competing in over a dozen events, including the pentathlon, and came away with a couple of wins.

The Kihei resident won gold in the steeplechase (16:04.21) as the only competitor in the women’s 70-74 age group, and helped the TNT International Racing Club win the 60-64 400 relay (1:40.42).

Trotto finished second in a two-person race for the 70-74 pentathlon crown. She bested winner Barbara Warren in the 800, but finished behind her in the 80 hurdles, high jump, shot put and long jump.

Trotto also picked up silvers in the high jump (0.85 meters) and pole vault (0.90), and won the bronze in the hammer throw (14.74), weight throw (7.10), triple jump (3.97), 200 hurdles (1:14.85) and 200 (57.92). She also had fourth-place finishes in the shot put (6.03) and long jump (1.21), fifth-place finishes in the 100 (25.04) and javelin (14.31), and a sixth-place finish in the discus (11.39).