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Mr. Charles L. Wimberley
105 Catherine Ct
Mandeville, La 70448
|Posted March 17, 2014
Ran this weekend in Boston at the Nat'l Indoor Masters Championships, found out which lane was downhill all
the way around and had the following results:
400 Meters 1st
4 X 200 Meter Relay 1st I ran the anchor leg. We broke the previous American Record for the 80 to 89 age group by several seconds
4 X 800 Meter Relay 2nd and again ran the anchor leg Ran with a younger team (age 70-79) (I'm 80)
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Former Track & Field: Charles Wimberley - USATF & Master TF Superstar & Ragin' Cajuns Hero
Posted in AN News on Aug. 8, 2012
Congratulations to Charles Wimberley, Track & Field, 1953-56 - his story is one of outstanding accomplishments.
Each year the USATF includes a National meet for Masters. This year the meet was held in Lisle, Illinois on Aug. 2 to Aug 5.
I ran in the 400 meters, 800 meters, 4 X 100 Relay and the 4 X 400 Relay. The winner of the 400,
Bob Lida set an American Record by running 65.3 seconds, I was 2nd. The following day, I competed
in the 800 and won. My time was slower than I wanted to run, but my strategy was to win, regardless
of the time, so I ran with the pack until the 2nd 400, then moved away quickly and won. The next
day, Bob Lida organized our relays and we won both the 4 X 100 & 4 X 400.
Results: 1 Silver and 3 Gold medals.
Bob and I, as well as the other runners in our relays, run for the Houston Elite Track Club.
Along the way in 1992, when I was 58, I set the record (single age) in the 2 mile run, on the track
at 11:14. the record still stands. Later at age 60 (1994), we organized four old guys, ages 60 to62, and
set the record for the Sprint Medley, which still stands. Since I starting running in the Master's
Track Nationals, I have won 18 National Championships. Not including four in the Nat'l Senior
(Footnote added 8/10/12)
At age 55, I competed in the Master's World Championships and
got 5th in the 800 meters (2:12) and won the bronze (3rd) in the 1500 (4:29). Had to run 7 prelims since
there were over 80 in each event.
Submitted by Charlie Wimberley at the request of the Athletic Network and Claude Revels.
Click here for the photo gallery of the 1955 Track & Field Team featuring Charlie (his senior year) and his teammates.
Click here for the AN profile of Charles Wimberley.
Thank you, Charlie, for being such a wonderful role model for all of our athletes, both current and former.
Peace, Ed Dugas
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Footnote information provided by Charles Wimberley
After graduating from SLI (1956), I applied and was accepted to graduate school at LSU. About mid semester,
I got my draft notice, however, the draft board allowed me to finish the semester.
After basic training at Ft. Bliss,
I was sent to the Presidio Army base in San Francisco and assigned to the NIKE Missile training group.
About the 3rd week, the Base newspaper carried an article about athletes needed for the football and track team.
Checked with my commanding officer and was allowed to try out for the track team.
Made the team and was quite impressed, since Ernie Sheldon, Nat'l Champion in the high jump, Dean Smith, Nat'l champion in the sprints, and Bill Nieder, Nat'l champion in the shot put, were also on the team.
Most of the other selected track members had completed college and were highly ranked. We competed in college meets on the West Coast, but did not count in the scoring. Our big meet was the Western Army Meet.
After track season, I was again assigned to the Nike Missile Program and stationed at Ft. Baker, across the
Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.
In addition to the work, I (fast) pitched for the local softball team. Was the 'Player of the Week' once after pitching a one hitter and hitting a home run and two singles in a game against the team from the Presidio.
Prior to the assignment to the Nike Program, it was necessary to get a 'Secret' clearance.
My mother wrote to me asking if I had done anything wrong, since someone from the Army had gone to the Church Point
Police Station and the sheriff's office, inquiring about me.
Was discharged in 1958 and took a job as a Math teacher in Morgan City. That lasted one year, then went
to work for an oilfield supply company.
In 1975, I started my own Oilfield Service business and by 1980 had
Unfortunately, the oil industry almost shut down in the early '80's and I had to readjust.
In 1989, I developed a process to safely remove radiation from oilfield equipment and was the first company in
Louisiana to get licensed to perform that work.
Sold the company in 1995 and retired for a couple of weeks,then decided if I wanted to stay 'sane', I'd better do something, so became a Radiation Consultant, and still get calls from oil refineries for consulting work.
Updated July 26, 2011
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Was Captain of the SLI Track and Field team in 1955.
Ran on U.S. ARMY TEAM in 1957 & 1958.
As Master Runner, Won 25 National Championships.
Anchored four(4)Master's(50-59)Relay teams which set 4 American Records.
teams which set 4 American & 3 World
Founded an oil field service company in 1975.
Updated July 25, 2011
|Cross Country, Track & Field - (M&W):|| 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956|
|Military Veteran:|| 1957, 1958|
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