Nov. 19, 2003
SEATTLE - Washington's track and field coaches announced the signing Wednesday of standout hurdler Shane Charles of Central Arizona Community College, currently the No. 1 ranked 400-meter hurdler in his home nation of Grenada. Charles will enroll at Washington the fall of 2004, and will have two years of collegiate eligibility remaining.
A first-team selection to the 2003 Arizona Community College Athletic Association squad, Charles has also excelled on the international stage. At the 2003 Pan-American Games, Charles led Grenada's 4x400-meter relay team to eighth, and placed sixth in his semi-final heat of the 400-meter hurdles. His personal-best time of 51.15 seconds in the hurdles would rank second in UW history, and would have been among the top-30 collegiate times in the nation last season.
"Shane is an outstanding hurdler who will bring lots of maturity to our program," said second-year UW assistant coach Dion Miller, who directs Washington's sprinters and hurdlers. "He has the talent to be an All-American, and one of the best hurdlers in UW history."
Despite only competing in the 400-meter hurdles for the past three seasons, Charles has established himself among the elite in the event in his home nation of Grenada, having won the national title in the intermediate hurdles at the 2003 Cable & Wireless National Championships in June.
Charles is the only athlete for the 2004-05 recruiting class that Washington is expected to sign during the early signing period, which began Nov. 12 and ended Wednesday.