FRIDAY, JUNE 08, 2012
Charlene Charles rounds out NCAA Heptathlon
Junior Charlene Charles
Junior Charlene Charles
JU track & field junior Charlene Charles recorded a new personal-best 5,477 points in the heptathlon to place 15th the NCAA Championships Friday at Drake Stadium.

Charles started the day with a fifth place finish in long jump (19’6.25”) to move into 10th in the overall standings. She posted a throw of 97’0” in the javelin, but bounced back by finishing eighth in the 800-meter in 2:15.61 to wrap the meet.

“Charlene showed a lot of professionalism these past two days,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “To come to the biggest meet and remain composed to achieve a personal-best score is not an easy thing to do. She finished a lot higher than she was seeded entering the meet. Charlene gained valuable experience and we are very proud of her.”

On the first day of the competition, Charles placed sixth in the high jump with a leap of 5’6.5”. She ran a time of 24.59 (10th) in the 200-meter and 14.07 (16th) in the 100-meter hurdles. Charles posted a throw of 34’1.5” in the shot put.

Charles was the first Dolphin to compete in the NCAA Championships since Natasha Harvey was in the long jump in 2009. The French native is also the first Dolphin in the NCAA heptathlon since Andrea Pressley in 2004.

The Dolphins closed out another successful year in 2012 after securing the A-Sun Indoor and Outdoor titles for the seventh straight year. JU sent seven athletes to compete in six events at the NCAA East Regional, while setting six new program marks (4 – outdoor, 2 – indoor).