WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2010
Freshman Charlene Charles named A-Sun Field “Athlete of the Week”
Freshman Charlene Charles was named Atlantic Sun Field “Athlete of the Week” after winning the pentathlon and long jump at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. on Jan. 30.

The native of France broke the school record in the pentathlon for the second straight meet after producing a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 3,861 points. The point total currently ranks ninth nationally.

Charles recorded or tied personal bests with first-place finishes in the 55-meter hurdles (8.13), 800-meter (2:27.83) and high jump (5-7 (1.70m)). The high jump mark also broke the school record she set at the Carol Robinson Pentathlon on Dec. 11. Charles finished the pentathlon by winning the long jump with a leap of 19’0.75” (5.81m). She improved in the long jump the next day with a leap of 19’10.75” (6.06m) to win the event again.

“Charlene was very impressive this weekend,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “She is currently ranked 9th in the country and is the top ranked freshman in the pentathlon. Her future is bright.”

Charles is the first Dolphin other than Natasha Harvey to win the indoor weekly honor. Harvey recorded five “athlete of the week” honors during her tenure.

The Dolphins return to action on Friday when they head to Lincoln, Neb. for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.