Charles Heads To USA Indoor Championship
BOULDER-University of Colorado long jumper Hugh Charles will compete at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships this Sunday, Feb. 24 in Boston. Charles will be the lone CU representative at the meet and will be accompanied by assistant/jumps coach Lindsey Malone.
Charles, a Keller, Texas native, owns the seventh best mark in the entered field at 25 feet and 3.25 inches (7.70 meters). He recorded the jump at the Air Force Invite on Feb. 2. The mark is the fourth best in CU history and is a collegiate personal best for Charles.
"The biggest goal would be that he enjoys himself and is able to stay in a competitive atmosphere like he has done in all of the other meets," Malone said. "He's going from being a good track athlete at Air Force Academy meets to needing to be on a national stage now and that is a lot of mental composure for an athlete to have to deal with."
Charles owns five jumps in the top 10 including two in the top five. The top three jumps, which include the school record of 25-07.50, were set by Kingsley Adams in 1974.
The top three finishers in the event will advance to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain on March 7-9, however, they will need to record a mark of 26-07.00 in order to advance.
"The great thing about track and field is that any day anything can happen and especially for an athlete that is so new to an event," Malone explained. "We have extended Hugh's run-ups since his last meet, so that should give him more speed and more power. I believe his potential is limitless at this meet as well as the opportunities."
The rest of the Buffaloes will be back in action Feb. 29-March 1 as they will head to the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships in Lincoln, Neb. The two-day event will take place at the Devaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska.
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