FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009
Charlene Charles breaks school records to win Carol Robinson Pentathlon
Freshman Charlene Charles showed the pose of a seasoned veteran in her first collegiate meet after producing a school-record 3,670 points to win the Carol Robinson Pentathlon on Friday in Manhattan, Kan.

Charles, who won the event by more than 460 points, shatters Natasha Harvey’s record of 3,626 points on Jan. 21, 2007 at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

The native of France won the high jump portion with a school record leap of 5’5.25” (1.66m). She also produced a leap of 18’8.5” (5.70m) to take first in the long jump and ran a lifetime best time of 8.70 to win the 60-meter hurdles portion. Charles finished second in the 800-meter (2:32.08) and third in the shot put (29’6” (8.99m)) to round out her victory.

“This was a very impressive start,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “I didn’t know what to expect, but Charlene performed very well across the board. It’s only December and we have not done a lot of work in those specific events, but this bodes well for her.”

Charles and the Dolphins will open the 2010 indoor season at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational on Jan. 30 in Gainesville, Fla.