Charlene Charles withdraws from NCAA Championships due to injury
Freshman Charlene Charles
Freshman Charlene Charles
Freshman Charlene Charles will end her first season at JU a little early as she withdraws from the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday due to injury.

Charles picked up the injury while running a leg of the 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA East Preliminary Round for JU on May 27. She had been through extensive rehab, but was unable to go any further when she tested the injury on Tuesday in Oregon.

"With the help of athletic trainer Doug Frye, we have been doing everything we could to get Charlene ready for this competition,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “It became apparent at the warm up track this morning that attempting this event would put her in jeopardy of making the injury worse.

"Charlene is really upset that she will not be able to represent JU at the NCAA Championships. But as I told her, while this is not the way we wanted the year to end, we have many things to be thankful for and her future is bright."

Despite not competing, Charles finishes a very successful first season for the Dolphins in 2010.

Charles helped the Dolphins secure their fifth straight Atlantic Sun indoor and outdoor track championship sweep, which also gave JU its first triple crown (cross country, indoor and outdoor titles). She was named “Most Outstanding Performer” and “Most Outstanding Freshman Performer” at both A-Sun meets. Charles also received “Most Outstanding Field Performer” honors at the conference indoor meet before securing the “Most Outstanding Track Performer” at the outdoor meet.

On the track, Charles’ numbers were simply outstanding for a freshman. She had the highest pentathlon score of any freshman in the NCAA indoors (3,861 points) and she was one of two freshmen to qualify for the outdoor NCAA champs in the heptathlon.

Charles was a member of the school record setting indoor and outdoor 4x400m relays as well as setting an indoor school record in the pentathlon. She ended the indoor season with lifetime bests in the 60-meter, 60-meter hurdles, 200-meter, 800-meter and long jump. In the outdoors, she had lifetime bests in the 100-meter, 200-meter, 100-meter hurdles, 800-meter and high jump. She also ran on the 4x100-meter relay team that advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Round.