Charlie Rader’s big confidence-booster: 5-3 high jump at age 69

Charlie celebrates his best jump in three years.

Charlie Rader is 69. He once held the M45 American record in the high jump, doing the straddle. On Saturday at the USA Masters Games at UC San Diego, he delighted himself by clearing 1.60 meters (5-3) — his best mark since 2014. More important: He’s on a roll toward challenging the listed M70 world record of 1.59 (5-2 1/2) set 10 years ago by Sweden’s Carl-Erik Särndal. (The indoor record is the same, also by Carl.) The mark brings back memories. Charlie was a graduate assistant from Cal State Fullerton when I was a 5-4 sophomore high jumper at nearby Valencia High School in north Orange County. (He jumped about 6-11 in college.) Now he’s only a foot below his 1993 season best of 1.92 (6-3 1/2). So come April 2018, if he keeps his form and fitness, he could be No. 1 in the world. Also competing on Day 1 of the games was Quenton “Doug” Torbert in the shot, whose best heave was 15.93 (52-3 1/4). That’s off his season best, in Eugene, of 16.66 (54-8), now the listed WR. Doug says he’s training through this meet, pointing for LSU nationals. Photos of him and many others are in this Google Drive folder. Feel free to download any, but please give me a photo credit.

One of the best straddle technicians in masters, Charlie has starred for decades.

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June 24, 2017

13 Responses

  1. Peter L. Taylor - June 25, 2017

    Congratulations to Charlie, a good guy and a fine stylist. It’s nice to see him jumping so well.

    With reference to the other part of the story, the LISTED world record for M65 in the shot put is 16.66 meters, set on April 30, 2017, by Quenton Torbert. This mark is also the PENDING American record for M65, which one assumes will be accepted at the annual meeting in December. If it’s rejected at the meeting, too bad.

  2. Weia Reinboud - June 25, 2017

    Nice jump! What is his birthday?

  3. Michael D Walker - June 25, 2017

    A tremendous jumper and a great person. Congratulations!

  4. Ken Stone - June 25, 2017

    Good catch, Peter. The WRs are updated right beneath my eyes sometimes.

  5. Peter Hlavin - June 25, 2017

    Congrats, Charlie! A fine jump indeed. A privilege to have witnessed your world #1 leading mark.

  6. Steve Wennerstrom - June 25, 2017

    Huge congrats Charlie. So proud of my old college roomie at CS Fullerton. And thanks Charlie for encouraging me get back on the track (now as a racewalker). It has been a fun journey from a career where I was running as fast as I could those many years ago, to now walking as fast as I can! Magic…

  7. milan jamrich - June 26, 2017

    Congatulation to Charlie, but can he take the heat 😉

  8. Ulf Tudem m65 straddler - June 27, 2017

    Congrats with a great performance…hope to meet you soon for a though competition… Guess Carl is following your great progress closely as you are approaching m70 age soon…

  9. Randy Harris - June 27, 2017

    Congratulations Charlie. Very impressive.

  10. Steve Kleinstuber - June 28, 2017

    Way to go Charlie, thats an awesome jump!! Sorry I missed it, I saw you jumping well. Good luck with rest of your season.

  11. Karen Vaughn - June 29, 2017

    Congratulations, Charlie! Sorry I missed your great achievement! You inspire us all! -Karen Vaughn

  12. Josh Robbins - June 29, 2017

    Great photos. I’m curious if any more exist of myself from USA Masters Games? Thanks.

  13. Ken Stone - July 12, 2017

    Results are posted:

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