Nov 26th, 2019
Californian Joy Upshaw, 58, is a record breaking long jumper and hurdler who has also spent the past 30 years as a coach. Joan’s running career started at Acalanes High School in Lafayette setting records in hurdles & sprints and then into college with an All-American career at California State University, Joy continued to set records at USA Masters Track & Field Championships and win competitions internationally. Joy holds several American Record times in 80 meter hurdles & 300 meter hurdles and the long jump. During the 2016 USA Indoor Masters Nationals Championship, she set the Women’s 55-59 60m Hurdle World record. In 2018, she lowered her American 80m hurdle record at the Masters Outdoor National Championships. She also won a highly competitive 200m final at the Outdoor World Championships last summer in Malaga, Spain. Her most recent honor includes being inducted into the Masters Track Hall of Fame and Master of the Year. Joy has many more accolades and her secondary career as a coach has led to being named the Women’s Sprints & Hurdles coach of the 2010 NACAC U23 team, the 2011 Pan American Women’s Team Staff for Jumps & Multi Events in Guadalajara, Mexico, and 2013 Five Nations Match USA Women’s Head Coach in Glasgow, Scotland. Joy is Head Coach and Founder/Director of Joy’s Jack Rabbits Track Club for kids to competitive Masters Elite athletes.
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