SALEM -- Former Wahconah Regional High School runner Diane Tedford Pomeroy, 47, picked up a pair of top-five finishes in the World Masters Track and Field Championships, held in Porto Alegre, Brazil last month.
Pomeroy was third in the 400 in 1 minute, 3.84 seconds; and fifth in the 800 meters in 2:30.49.
The 400 was an extremely close race, according to her coach, Roger Pierce. Pomeroy was virtually stride-for-stride with two other runners for about the first 300 meters, before they both pulled away at the end.
Pierce, competing in the 65-and-over class, ran on the winning United States 400 and 1600-meter relay teams.
The World Championship meet is held every other year in a different location, and is considered the highest level of competition for athletes over 35. About 4,000 other competitors from all over the world raced in the event.
Pomeroy had competed in the 2011 World Championships, held in San Francisco. This past meet was the first time she medaled in an event.
The irony of this year's meet was that Pomeroy and Pierce were forced to leave the meet on the last day to catch a plane back to Boston. The meet was running extremely late, said Pierce.
Wearing their sweats, they boarded their flight with minutes to spare, and Pomeroy was unable to race in the 1,600 meter relay. Ironically, the team for which Pomeroy was to run won a gold medal.
Pomeroy qualified for the worlds by winning silver medals in the 400, 800 and 1,500-meter runs in the U.S. national meet in July. She capped her performance there with a pair of gold medals as part of the 400 and 1,600-meter relay teams.
Pomeroy is a 1982 graduate of Wahconah and a 1986 graduate of Bryant College. She was a 1986 All-American cross country runner at Bryant. She still holds the school record for the 800 and 1,500 meter runs there. She is a member of the Bryant College Athletic Hall of Fame.