Afia Charles

Afia Charles

Greenbelt, Md.

High School:
Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.



Glad Grads

Nearly 25 Knights received their diplomas this weekend


Finishing Strong

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


Knights Celebrate at Swords Awards

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


Senior Class Prepares for Final Lap

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


UCF Track and Field to Open Season at Kentucky Invitational

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


UCF Track & Field Senior Day

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


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

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

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