At 103, 'Hurricane' Hawkins takes titles at US Senior Games

At 103, 'Hurricane' Hawkins takes titles at US Senior Games
In this photo provided by the National Senior Games Association, 103-year-old Julia Hawkins, of Baton Rouge, La., celebrates after completing the 50-meter dash at the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque, N.M., Monday, June 17, 2019. (Brit Huckabay/NSGA via AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — At 103, Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins has cemented her title as the oldest woman to compete on an American track after finishing the 50- and 100-meter dashes at the National Senior Games in New Mexico.

Event organizers say the Louisiana resident holds the world record for her age group of 100 and over in the 100-meter dash.

She didn’t beat her previous time Tuesday but crossed the line in just over 46 seconds in Albuquerque.

On Monday, she was clocked at 21.06 in the 50-meter event, which appears to be a new Senior Games record for the women’s 100-plus age division. There’s no record of a past female competitor in that contest.

The retired teacher says staying active keeps her sharp and she hopes she can serve as an inspiration to others.