WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010
Charlene Charles earns A-Sun Field “Athlete of the Week” honors
Freshman Charlene Charles received her first outdoor Atlantic Sun Conference Field “Athlete of the Week” honor after recording the nation’s best heptathlon score at the FSU Relays on March 26.

Charles took second in the heptathlon with 5,325 points after winning the high jump (a JU record - 5’7”), 200-meter (24.56), 100-meter hurdles (13.90) and long jump (19’4.25”), while finishing second in the 800-meter (2:19.34). She finished the weekend by running a victorious leg of the 4x400-meter relay that tallied a school record time of 3:40.24.

With her solid performance at the FSU Relays, Charles now leads the conference in the 100-meter hurdles, long jump, high jump, 200-meter, heptathlon, 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays.

“Charlene’s opener in the heptathlon was fantastic,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “It is early in the season, but anytime you can produce the number one performance in the country, it is something to be proud of. The fact she is only a freshman makes it even more exciting.”

Charles is the 17th JU athlete to receive outdoor weekly honors since the Dolphins joined the conference in 1999.

The Dolphins will split time at two different meets when they compete on Friday. A portion of the team will be at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., while the other half will be at the Spike’s Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.