Charles Allie, Lesley Hinz named USATF Masters Athletes of Year (with Charlie top overall)

Charlie Allie anchors America's gold-medal M65 4x100 relay team at Malaga.M70 recordman Charlie Allie anchors America's gold-medal M65 4x100 relay team at Malaga. Photo by Shaggy Smith

Surprising nobody, Charles Allie has been named USATF Masters Athlete of the Year. In a related decision by the USATF Masters Awards Committee, Charlie and Lesley Hinz were named male and female masters athletes of the year. The committee chaired by W40 combined-eventer Rachel Guest — herself an honoree — also introduced event-group athletes of the year (along with the usual age-group AoYs). Photographer Rob Jerome did a wonderful job of highlighting award winners.

Here’s the USATF press release on Charlie as overall AoY:

Charles Allie (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is no stranger to accolades. Since entering a new age group this year, the 2013 WMA Masters Athlete of the Year has claimed multiple M70 age group world records, including five outdoor and the indoor 400m.

At the USATF Masters Indoor Championships in March, he set new American indoor records in the M70 200m (26.95) and 400m (1:00.52), as well as clinched the 60m title.

At the start of the outdoor season, Allie clocked in an age group world best sub-26 200m (25.75) at an exhibition race as part of the USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

He went on to perform exceptionally well at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships in Spokane, Washington. Allie won the M70 400m in a then-pending world record time, also championing in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

The pinnacle of Allie’s 2018 season took place at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain. The Houston Elite athlete represented Team USATF and won five gold medals, including smashing his own world record in the 70-74 age group 400m (57.26). He also won the 100m (13.22), 200m (26.06) and picked up two more relay golds.

“I am so elated on my selection as the USATF Masters Male Athlete of the year,” said Allie. “This is such a great honor for any track and field athlete. There are so many great athletes who are worthy for such recognition as well, and I am so grateful to be representing the Masters athlete in receiving this award. Thank you so much to those responsible for me to receive this award.”

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5 Comments on "Charles Allie, Lesley Hinz named USATF Masters Athletes of Year (with Charlie top overall)"

  1. Award and gold medal to Rob for all the great pics.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out about my photos, Ken. A pleasure to honor the winners.

  3. You’re prolific and talented, Rob. I hope you’ll be in Winston-Salem, NC, during the first weekend in March to photograph our athletes at indoor nationals. I will be there, although I don’t need to be photographed.

    Peter L. Taylor

  4. I will be in Winston-Salem, Peter. I look forward to seeing (and hearing) you again.

  5. Thank you so much, Rob. Entries have gotten off to a good start, with 22 entrants as of 7:00 AM on November 25 (Eastern time). On average, they have entered 2.6 events, but later I will use 2.4 as my number (will simply divide the total number of event entries by 2.4 to come up with an estimate for total entrants).

    For some reason, Rob, I think that Winston-Salem will draw very well, although I do not think it will exceed Landover’s record (that number escapes me). Regardless, I would like to see the meet draw 980, which would be very nice indeed.

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