LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming’s Jordan Charles has qualified for the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles, as the field was announced by the NCAA Track and Field Committee late Tuesday night. The junior will compete for the first time at the national meet on March 11-12 in Birmingham, Ala.
A native of Aurora, Colo., Charles enters the meet ranked 12th in the event after running an altitude- and track-converted time of 7.72 seconds at Wyoming’s Rocky Mountain Classic on Feb. 19 in War Memorial Fieldhouse. The mark bettered Charles’ own school of 7.87 and, before being converted, broke the 18-year-old facility record of 7.23 by Greg Hines of Clemson in 1998.
Most recently, Charles finished runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.89 at last weekend’s Mountain West Indoor Championships. He also placed seventh in the 200 meters after running 21.53 in the prelims, the sixth-fastest time in Cowboy history.
Charles will look to add to the Cowboys’ 29 All-America accolades at the NCAA Indoor Championships, including 16 during the MW era. The most recent Cowboy to earn All-American was Mason Finley in the shot put with a 10th-place finish in 2014, while the last in a track event was Mark Korir in the 5,000 meters with a fourth-place finish in 2008. Wyoming has never had a male All-American in a hurdle event at the indoor or outdoor NCAA Championships.