TUESDAY, MAY 08, 2012
Charles records solid finish to win Lynchburg Heptathlon
Junior Charlene Charles
Junior Charlene Charles
A strong finish helped JU track & field’s Charlene Charles hit a personal-best 5,422 points total to win the Lynchburg College Heptathlon Tuesday afternoon.

Charles’ point total is a new high by almost a 100 points and puts her tied for 18th nationally. She needs to be ranked in the top 24 through Sunday to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

The junior from France opened the day by winning the long jump (18’11.25”) before recording a toss of 94’10” in the javelin. She ended strong by winning the 800-meter with a time of 2:15.41 to hit her points total for the meet.

“Charlene wasn’t happy with the way she jumped or threw this morning,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “She showed a heart of a champion and ran a great 800-meter race to break the 5,400 point barrier. Charlene has worked hard this year to overcome a lot of physical adversity and it will be nice to celebrate this for the next few days.”

On Monday, Charles won the 100-meter hurdles (14.10) and high jump (5’7.75”), while posting a personal-best throw of 33’10” (6th) in the shot put to start the meet. She finished fourth in the 200-meter in 24.79.

The Dolphins will complete again Friday in Atlanta with the Georgia Tech Invitational.