Masters Track & Field recognizes excellence in athletic performance and administrative contributions via several award and recognition programs. Yearly awards include All American, Age Group Awards, Athlete of the Year, Hall of Fame, David Pain Centenarian award and Rex Harvey Combined Event Athlete of the Year Award. Addtionally, Rankings Awards are now available through the Masters Rankings website.
MASTERS TRACK & FIELD ANNUAL AWARDS
Under the direction of the Masters Track & Field Awards sub-committee, annual awards are presented to outstanding masters track & field athletes each year at the Athletes Dinner held during the USATF Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Awards are given in several divisions. An award is also presented for distinguished service to Masters Track and Field.
To view the rules and criteria for awards please visit the sub-committee description
ALL American – All-American Awards are offered to masters athletes whose performances exceed established standards for their events and age groups. You can see all the details and application forms here
Age Group Athlete of the Year Awards – Male and female athletes are selected in each age group based their performances during the preceding years indoor and outdoor season.
Masters Athlete of the Year – Each year one master’s athlete (from Track & Field, Long Distance Running, in alternating years) receives a Masters Athlete of the Year Award. Athletes are nominated by the MTF Awards Committee, the final decision is made by the MTF selection committee.
Hall of Fame – Each year, since 1996, athletes have been inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame includes track and field athletes, racewalk athletes, long distance running athletes and administrators or those whose contribution has significantly helped the sport of Masters Track and Field. To qualify for the Hall of Fame, athletes must have competed for at least 10 years. They may be “active” (still competing) or “old timers” (retired for at least five years or deceased). Nominations are considered by the Awards Committee. Inductees are determined by a larger group of athletes and administrators coordinated by the Awards Committee.
David Pain Award – is awarded yearly for outstanding service to Masters Track and Field.
Centenarian Award – presented periodically to outstanding athletes 100 years old and above.
Combined Event Athlete of the Year – presented to the outstanding combined event athletes selected by the combined events sub-committee.
- Lad Pataki Award – presented annually in honor of Ladislav Pataki (1946-2007). Lad was an outstanding masters thrower with numerous world and American records and championships to his credit. It is presented each year to an outstanding American masters thrower who exhibits consistent excellence in performance (world and american records and championships), not just in the year in which the award is presented but over time; consistently encourages and assists fellow competitors; sets a standard both in throwing and in sportsmanship that others seek to emulate.
- Ken Weinbel Award – awarded annually in honor of Ken Weinbel (1928-2012). Ken served the masters community for many years as an athlete, meet director and administrator. He established the USA Masters Weight & Superweight Championships and promoted the Ultra Weight Pentathlon. He was meet director of those events in Seattle from their inception until 2008. He served as Chair of the USATF Masters Committee from 1996 to 2000. It is presented each year to an American masters thrower who has made exemplary contributions to the masters throwing community over a period of years and has a strong record of accomplishment both as a thrower and as a meet organizer and administrator
- Tom Gage Award – presented annually in honor of Tom Gage (1943-2010). Tom was an Olympian in the hammer throw who never stopped competing. He held numerous American and World masters age group records in the hammer, weight and super weight throws and was a frequent national champion or medalist also in the discus throw and shot put. It is presented annually to the male master’s thrower with outstanding achievements in a given year.
- Vanessa Hilliard Award – presented annually in honor of Vanessa Hilliard (1941-2011). Vanessa was a pioneer among female masters throwers. She held numerous American and World masters age group records in the hammer, weight and super weight throws and was a frequent national champion or medalist also in the discus throw and shot put. It is presented annually to the female master’s thrower of the year, the thrower with the outstanding achievements in a given year.
RANKING Certificates – MastersRankings.com awards commemorate accomplishments and further motivate athletes to train harder. Find more information about the available Masters Rankings Awards here.