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Class of 2009
Charles Lange


Charles Lange - MAHOF Class of 2009

Charles “Charlie” Lange was as standout in track and cross country at Midview High School. He set the Midview sophomore record for the two mile run at 10:01. He set the Lakeland Conference record for 3200 meters at 9:58.9 as a junior. His senior season was a series of dual and triangular meets where he usually swept the two distance events, and on occasion included the 800 meters in his repertoire. He won all three events in a triangular event as Coach Ed Thompson’s Middies swept Firelands and Southview. He also won the 1600 and 3200 meters at a dual meet with Amherst which was the premiere program in the county at that time. At the district track meet held at Ely Stadium his senior year, Charlie won the 1600 by 100 meters and the 3200 by 30 meters. After that meet, Assistant Coach Larry Dixon, referring to the upcoming Amherst regionals, commented, that “Next week Charlie will be competing against seven of the top nine in the state in the 1600 and four of the top six in the 3200. He’ll really have a lot of pressure for the first time in a while”. At those regionals, Charlie won the 3200 in a time of 9:19.2. Showing improvement throughout his career, he finished 2nd at 3200 meters in a time of 9:14.4 at the state track meet.

In cross country as a junior, he finished 3rd in the conference race, 18th in the sectionals and 10th in the district finals. He became the first male athlete from Midview to qualify for the state cross country meet. Sophomore Theresa Avon also qualified, becoming the first female athlete from Midview to do so. Ironically they each finished 32nd in a field of 150 runners in their respective divisions. In a Chronicle Telegram article written in 2003, Charles Lange was named to the All-Time Area Cross Country Team.

Charles Lange received a track and cross country scholarship to Miami of Ohio and as a freshman ran on their #5 nationally ranked team. He graduated with a degree in Industrial Psychology.

Charles and his wife Kay, live in Columbia Station with daughters Rebekah, Rachel, and Kaitlyn. He was recently appointed Executive Director of The First United Methodist Church in Springfield, Illinois.

Welcome, Charlie Lange, into the Midview Athletic Hall of Fame

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