WRs for Charles Allie, Ida Keeling, M70 4×4; new Sonja sub-5

Rob Jerome photo of new M70 WR gents for 4×4.

WMA Prez Stan Perkins reports that voting has been completed on the 2017 World Masters Athletes of the Year, and says: “waiting for release statement.” Not a moment too soon. Athletes already are staking claims to 2018 AoY honors, topped by weekend world records by M70 Charles Allie, W100 Ida Keeling and an M70 4×400 team. And Sonja Friend-Uhl improved on her stunning W45 American indoor record in the mile, clocking 4:59.72 at the Boston University Last Chance Meet on Sunday. (She also clocked a nifty 2:17.35 in the 800 about an hour and half before the mile AR.)

At Saturday’s Imperial Dade Track Classic hosted by Urban Athletics at the NYC Armory track (see results here), Charles ran a lap in 26.45 seconds — beating the listed M70 WR of 26.87 by Germany’s Guido Müeller in 2010. Charles also anchored the 4×4 WR in 60 seconds, following splits of 69.2 by Noah Perlas, 70.4 by Roger Pierce and 66.4 by Grady Cash. Their final time of 4:26.14 smashed the listed WR of 4:41.04 by a German team in 2012.

And Ida Keeling became the first over-100 lady to run an official 60-meter dash, with her mark of 58.34 setting a standard for fellow centenarians to chase.

Sonja wrote me about her BU races (see results here) in the wake of learning that her previous sub-5 this winter was disallowed as a record because the timing company didn’t perform the mandatory zero-control test.

She said: “I ran the 800 first and ended up in a slow heat that went out in 69/70. (I took over the lead from 400m on) so missed my opportunity there for the 800 record. Ran 2:17.35. At least it’s a world leading time for my age group for now.

“The mile was about 1.5 hours after. Not sure how I would feel after the 800, so my plan was to run even or negative split. First 800 was 2:30 so the plan worked. Not blazing fastm but a good day all in all and made the trip [from Florida] worth it.”

Hey, just surviving an 800 and mile in one evening is accomplishment enough! Nice runs, all.

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February 26, 2018

3 Responses

  1. Matt B. - February 26, 2018

    His 200 is even better than the outdoor WR of 26.47. !!

  2. Roger Pierce - February 27, 2018

    Charlie anchored our 4 x 400 with a 60 flat..leg.. Absolutely Incredible!!! Then, came back in the 200 a little later with a World Record. He is one of the best Masters Sprinters of All Time..I am so proud to have known him and been able to compete with and against him all these years..

  3. Ken brown - February 28, 2018

    Congratulations to all four on bringing the record back to the USA. This is certainly the first of many age 70 records for Charles this year.

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