BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Wyoming’s Jordan Charles ran 7.85 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday night to earn Second Team All-American and become the first Cowboy hurdler ever to earn the accolade indoors or outdoors. Charles’ time placed him 12th in the 16-man field at the Birmingham CrossPlex, but did not advance him to Saturday’s final.
“It’s big for us for Jordan to All-American,” UW head coach Bryan Berryhill said. “It’s a goal of ours every year to get to the national championships and produce All-Americans. Coach [Shaun] Meinecke and Jordan had a plan to get him here all year and they executed it and he ran a good race today.”
Charles, a junior, was sixth of the eight runners in his heat. The top two from each heat and the next four fastest times advanced, as he missed the cut by eight hundredths of a second. He entered the meet ranked 12th in the event after running a time of 7.72 during the season.
Charles is the 60th Cowboy All-American between Wyoming’s cross country and track and field programs, including the 30th at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He is the first Cowboy to claim the honor indoors since Mason Finley in the shot put in 2014 and first in a track event indoors since Mark Korir in the 5,000 meters in 2008. Wyoming previously had never had a male All-American in a hurdle event at the indoor or outdoor NCAA Championships.