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Diane Hoffman sets US record in 100-meter dash in 90+ age group

Diane Hoffman won the 100-meter dash at the USATF East Region and New England Masters Saturday at Holy Cross.
Diane Hoffman won the 100-meter dash at the USATF East Region and New England Masters Saturday at Holy Cross. –Courtesy Photo

At 90 years of age, Diane Hoffman isn’t a typical sprinter. On Saturday at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, she broke the United States 100-meter dash record for the 90+ age group at the 2018 USATF East Region and New England Masters.

Hoffman, who has lived in Boston for more than 60 years, crossed the finish line at 24.22 seconds, crushing the previous record of 31.53 seconds set in 1995, and missing the world record by a mere 1.07 seconds.

“I am thrilled,’’ Hoffman said. “I really wanted to do it for my son [Matt Hoffman]. I’m just a little upset that I didn’t break the world record because the few times I practiced on grass, I actually beat it.’’

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