Afia Charles

Afia Charles

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Greenbelt, Md.

High School:
Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.

Event:
Sprints

05/04/2014

Finishing Strong

UCF takes runner-up honors at AAC Championships, sets new school record in 4x400.

04/15/2014

Knights Celebrate at Swords Awards

UCF held its annual end-of-the-year banquet

03/26/2014

Senior Class Prepares for Final Lap

Four Knights reflect on their careers in pre-senior day Q&A

01/16/2014

UCF Track and Field to Open Season at Kentucky Invitational

Knights will head to Lexington, Ky. for first indoor test

01/07/2014

World Class

UCF senior and Olympian Afia Charles has taken a leadership role on campus and in the community.

03/29/2014

UCF Track & Field Senior Day

The Class of 2014 was recognized at the UCF Invitational on March 29.

07/30/2012

Coach Caryl Smith Gilbert at the Olympic Games

UCF women's track and field head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert's experience at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Personal Bests:
200M: 23.74 (Out); 23.98 (In)
400M: 52.49 (Out; school record); 53.75 (In; school record)

2014 (Senior);
• USTFCCCAA All-American Second Team (4x400)
• Two-time All-American Athletic Conference First Team (4x400, 400M)
• Finished 15th in the NCAA Championship in the 4x400 relay at 3:35.42
• Rebroke the school record in the 4x400 relay at The American Championship with a strong finishing leg at 3:32.59
• Secured gold at The American Championship in the 400 meters at 53.22
• Tallied a personal best in the prelims of the 200 meters The American Championship at 23.74, before finishing fifth in the finals at 23.93
• Posted a time of 53.31 in the semifinals of the NCAA East Prelims before finishing 20th in the event's finals
• Won the 200 meters at the UCF Invitational with a mark of 24.05
• Three-time All-American Athletic Conference Indoor selection (Second Team - 4x400), (Third Team - 200M, 400M)
• Part of the 4x400 relay team that broke a school record with a time of 3:35.99 at the Florida Relays
• Part of the Sprint Medley team that broke the school record with a time of 3:46.12 at the Florida Relays
• Earned two bronze medals at the American Indoor Championships with personal records in both the 200M (23.98) and 400M (53.75 - school record)
• Helped UCF's 4x400 relay team earn silver at the American Indoor Championships in 3:38.14
• Member of the Homecoming Court and serves as the President of UCF's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

2013 (Junior):
• Outdoor First Team All-American and NCAA Championship runner-up (4x100 relay)
• Conference USA outdoor 400M champion, 4x100 relay champion and 4x400 relay silver medalist
• All-Conference USA Indoor Second Team
• Helped the 4x100 relay team break its own school record and move up the all-time collegiate performers list to No. 8 with a time of 43.15 in the semifinals at the NCAA Championships
• Made history as a member of the first relay team to earn a top-three finish at an NCAA Championship
• NCAA East Prelim qualifier in 400M and helped the 4x100 relay automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene with the second-best time of the East Region
• Rewrote her own school record in the indoor 400M with a personal best 54.02 at the C-USA Championships for the silver medal
• Won the 400M at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational with her best time in more than a year, 53.77
• Helped UCF break the program's sprint medley relay record (3:26.52) at the Pepsi Florida Relays
• Won gold in the 400M at the C-USA Outdoor Championships with an Antigua national record, school record and personal best 52.49
• Helped UCF's 4x400 relay tie the school record (3:36.37) to secure the silver medal at the C-USA Outdoor Championships
• Helped UCF run the No. 3 time in the country (43.48) in the 4x100 relay for a gold medal at the C-USA Outdoor Championships

2012 (Sophomore):
• Represented Antigua at the Summer Olympics in the 400M, becoming the first UCF track and field Olympian
• One of a school-record 14 competitors to represent the Knights at the NCAA East Preliminaries (5/24)
• Ran for a personal-best, school-record time of 54.17 in the 400M for a gold medal at the C-USA Indoor Championships (2/26)
• Garnered All-Conference Second Team honors at the C-USA Indoor Championships (2/26) as the first leg of the 4x400 relay, who finished with a time of 3:43.32
• Helped UCF's 4x400 relay to its best time of the season (3:41.68) at the Rod McCravy Memorial (1/28) for third place
• Posted a personal-record 38.66 in the 300M at the Virginia Tech Invitational (1/13)
• Opened the season with a first-place finish in the 400m with a season-best time of 53.73 at the Black and Gold Challenge (3/17)
• Scored points at the C-USA Championships (5/13) with a fifth-place time of 54.03 in the 400M

2011 (Freshman):
• Broke the freshman record and the school record in the 400M preliminaries at the C-USA Outdoor Championships (5/14) with a time of 53.6
• Scored points in the 400m finals at the C-USA Outdoor Championships
• Set a personal best in the 200M at the UCF Twilight (5/5) with a time of 24.20
• Medaled in the 400M at the CARIFTA Games (5/24)
• Part of the indoor 4x400 relay team that finished first place, automatically qualifying for NCAA Nationals and set a school record at the Notre Dame LCM (3/5) with a time of 3:34
• Ran a personal best time of 38.91 in the 300M at the Hokie Indoor Invitational (1/21)
• Recorded a personal best time of 56.15 in the 400M at the Tyson Invite (2/11)
• Scored points in the 400M at the C-USA Indoor Championships
• Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Prior to UCF:
• In her junior season, anchored the fastest 4x100 meter relay team on the east coast
• As a freshman, set the national record for SMR relay

Personal:
• Majoring in health sciences -- pre clinical
• Her mother, Ruperta, was a sprinter for Antigua at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics

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