This month, the Queens College Athletics Department’s alumni spotlight features 1980s women’s track and field star, Judith Allen.
Ms. Allen’s company, Finish Lynx, recently managed the event timing for Queens College’s first Track and Field Invitational in 27 years. The company, which handles timing for track meets at the high school and collegiate levels was founded by Allen in the 1980s. The 1983 Queens College graduate indicated that she was assisting the Knights men’s and women’s track teams with the home meets to help “build up the program again. I am honored to be asked to help.”
The Monserrat, British West Indies native came to the United States in 1972. She began her collegiate track and field career at Hunter College, but felt Queens College would provide her with the best opportunity to succeed both as a student and an athlete. When she transferred from Hunter, she realized she had made the right choice. As a health education major, QC helped her grow as an individual in the classroom and on the track.
In the States, she started her running career at the Colgate Women’s Games representing Hunter. As a Knight, she broke Queens College’s 800 and 1,500 meter records- both of which still stand today. Her accomplishments were not limited to these two records however, as Allen’s determination and running talents earned her an invitation to represent the Knights in the NCAA Division II Track-and-Field Championships in Ohio. When asked about her accomplishments, she stated that in those days, nobody kept records because timing was done with micro-films. During those days, it was all about being proud to run.
Ms. Allen’s success was hard-earned. She was disciplined when it came to managing academics and athletics. She would run late at night, when classes were completed, and early in the morning, before class started.
Where did Allen find her inspiration? The answer is her coach, Robert Wheeler, who was the Queens College Knights track and field/cross country head coach for 18 years. From him, Allen learned to become a leader and learned that with commitment and determination, one can achieve anything!
While a student-athlete, Allen used her leadership skills and passion for health to educate young people about the dangers involved in using drugs. She used this experience, along with the lessons she learned on the track, and applied them to the classroom, becoming an NYC school teacher. Allen continues to feel strongly that involvement in athletics and fitness will help lead to success in the classroom.
To this day, she still runs and keeps herself fit. She was excited to come back to QC because she felt that QC “was a great environment” and participating in the track meets on Sunday, March 25th brought her career at Queens College “full circle.”
Article by: Alex Garrett
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