Hall of Fame induction: 2004
Charles was the first Delaware schoolboy to break :50 in the 440yd dash, running :49.9 in 1965 (cinders) while representing Tower Hill. He was a double and triple sprint winner in state meet competitions, while being a triple sprint winner, three years in a row, and a triple sprint record setter in 1965 in the Independent Conference and a multiple sprint winner at the Church Farms Invitational. He set two records at Church Farms in 1964, including a :21.7 in the 220yd dash. He had one dual meet loss in three years and that was because of a pulled hamstring.
He moved on to Yale University where he earned an NCAA medal in 1968 in the Indoor Mile Relay (4th) and in the Outdoor 4 x 110yd. relay (5th). In 1967, he was part of a 4 x 440yd relay that set records in the Heptagonal Meet, 3:12.4, and at the IC4A’s in 3:09.7. He set Florida Relays meet records in the 1968 Sprint Medley and the 1969 Distance Medley. In 1968 he ran his best open time, :47.5.