Flo Meiler competed in the USA Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships held Aug. 2-5 at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. near Chicago. Temperatures were in the 90-95 degree range but over 100 degrees on the track. In spite of the heat, Meiler competed in 12 events over four days and won 12 medals. She received five gold medals (pentathlon, long jump, pole vault, 200-meter long hurdles, and high jump), six silver medals (hammer throw, javelin, 100-meter run, triple jump, discus, and weight throw), and one bronze medal in shot put. Meiler actually participated in 16 events, as a pentathlon consists of five events: 80-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and a 100-meter run.
At the awards dinner, Meiler was honored as the 2011 USA Masters Track and Field Overall Female Athlete of the Year. In 2011, Meiler participated in 61 track and field events and won 47 medals (30 gold, 11 silver, and six bronze).
Meiler set the world indoor record in the pole vault and seven American records in the indoor pole vault, indoor weight throw, indoor 60-meter hurdles, indoor pentathlon, outdoor 200-meter hurdles, the discus, and 2000-meter steeplechase. In addition to setting these records, Meiler was the WMA Outdoor World Champion in heptathlon, pole vault, and discus; the Indoor National Champion in the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, pentathlon and pole vault, and Outdoor National Champion in the high jump, pentathlon, pole vault, hammer, 80-meter hurdles, and 2000-meter steeplechase.
Meiler regularly trains and participates in 20 different track and field events, It’s been a busy year. On Jan. 6-8, Meiler won six gold medals at the 43rd Dartmouth Relays.
The Vermont Track and Field (VT Senior Games Association) championships were held June 15-16. This was a qualifier for the 2013 Summer Games National Championships to be held July 21-Aug. 5, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Meiler won eight gold medals and is now qualified for nine events at the 2013 National Championships.