PR: 20.27 (2009)
Born: August 10, 1987
Current Residence: Virginia Beach, Va.
High School: Bayside (Virginia Beach, Va.) HS ‘06
College: Florida State ‘10
Coach: Ken Harnden
Career Highlights: 2009 NCAA Outdoor 200m champion; 2nd at 2009 USA Outdoor Champs; 6th at World Outdoor Champs; 2nd at 2009 USA Outdoor Champs; 10-time NCAA All-American
Despite lining up in lane 8 in the 200m final at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships, Florida State University junior Charles Clark ran the race of his life in finishing second in a personal best time under any conditions of 20.00w seconds, which qualified him for the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in Berlin. When he crossed the finish line Clark had no idea where he finished in a race that was ultra competitive with the top five places decided by 9/100ths of a second. In Berlin, Clark set his personal best of 20.27 in the semifinals before finishing sixth in the final in 20.39. The 2006 Virginia state 55m champion, Clark was named the Virginia Beach Athlete of the Year and ended his prep career as a 13-time All-State selection. The first member of his family to attend college, Clark majors in Sports Management at Florida State...sang the National Anthem prior to the Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts NFL game on December 5, 2008 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis...nickname is “Speeding Bullet.”2009: 2nd at USA Outdoors (20.00w)...6th at World Outdoors (20.39)...3rd at World Outdoor semifinal (20.27PR)...NCAA Outdoor 200m champ (20.55)...NCAA 4x400m relay champ (2:59.99)...ranked #8 in world, #5 U.S. by T&FN...bests of 20.27.