Niala Charles
Niala  Charles

Temecula, Calif.

High School:
Great Oak HS





Track Opens 2012 Season With Two Records

Lauren Lodge had the team's top performance, winning the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:52.98.


Track Season Begins Saturday at Westmont

The women's squad consists of 12 returners and 10 newcomers.

PEPPERDINE TRACK 2012: Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Had the program's best 100-meter time of the year as a freshman ... Ran a 12.88 at the Westmont meet (2/18) and finished second out of seven competitors ... Ran in three meets total ... Had the second-best 200-meter time, a 26.40 at the Westmont meet that was good for third place.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Great Oak High School, located in Temecula, Calif., in 2011 ... Competed on the varsity for one season ... As a junior, won the league championship in the 100m and 4x100m relay, and was runner-up in the long jump ... Missed her senior season due to injury ... Earned AP Scholar and Integrity awards.

PERSONAL: Born in Morristown, N.J. ... Daughter of Alain and Marjorie Charles ... Has two siblings, Brian and Briana ... Majoring in journalism and political science ... Chose Pepperdine because "of the great broadcast journalism program and the great location that's close to Los Angeles and close to home."

FAVORITES: Enjoys dancing and shopping ... Favorites include Allyson Felix, Venus Williams and Serena Williams (pro athletes), Arsenal FC (pro sports team), As Their Eyes Were Watching God (book), Pretty Little Liars (TV show), Beyonce (musical artist) and Haitian (type of food) ... Enjoys running because of "the adrenaline rush I get from competing and the automatic results I see from practicing harder."

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