TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two weeks after winning his first-ever individual national title at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., Florida state track star Charles Clark added another feat to his career accomplishments.
Competing in the United States Track and Field championships in Eugene, Ore., Clark qualified this past Sunday for the World Championships with a personal-record time of 20.00 in the 200-meter dash.
Clark’s blistering time of 20.00 in the 200-meter was second behind a time of 19.55, ran by 2004 Summer Olympics 200-meter dash Gold Medalist Shawn Crawford.
“Charles beat some of the greatest sprinters in the world to make the U.S. team for the World Championships,” FSU track and field coach Bob Braman said. “This is exciting and huge for both Charles and our program.”
The 2009 World Championships take place in Berlin, Germany and begin Aug. 15.
In other FSU track and field news, Kim Williams both recently earned individual national championships in their respective countries.
Chibudu, earned a long jump national title in his native Canada while Williams continued her year-long dominance in the long jump by capturing a national championship in Jamaica.
Williams already was having the best year of her career as she has won three individual NCAA championships, the ACC Outdoor Field Performer of the Year award, the USTFCCA Women’s National Field Performer of the Year award and the Outdoor South Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year award.
“Kim continues to show that she’s one of the top Triple Jumpers in the world,” Braman said. “First the NCAA title and now the Jamaican title. We’re hoping she can get in the mix at World’s as well. As for Brian, he has had a wonderful season long jumping and his Canadian title should help launch him to the next level.”