Charles Jock Wins 800 Meters at NACAC Championships

July 11, 2010

(NACAC Results)

MIRAMAR, Fla. --- UC Irvine All-American Charles Jock won the 800 meters in record fashion Sunday at the North American, Central American and Caribbean U-23 Track & Field Championships in Miramar, Fla.

Jock, competing for Team USA, placed first with a time of 1:45.65 at the Ansin Sports Complex, setting the UCI record for the fifth time this year and eclipsing the NACAC meet record of 1:48.19 set by Canada's Achraf Tadili in 2002.

Jock won the race by over two seconds at the biennial meet. Aaron Evans of Bermuda finished second in 1:47.79 and Garvin Nero of Trinidad and Tobago was third in 1:48.16. USA teammate Cory Primm (UCLA) placed fifth in 1:49.04.

Jock, who finished seventh in the 800 at the USA Championships last month, broke his previous school record of 1:46.17 that he set in the semifinals at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., in June.

The Big West Conference 800 champion and Athlete of the Year in men's track initially set the UCI record in March when he broke three-time Olympian Steve Scott's 32-year-old school mark. Jock will be a junior at UCI this fall.

The NACAC under-23 meet includes athletes representing 32 member nations from the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, El Salvado, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turk and Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the United States.

NACAC Men's 800 Meters

Final

1. Charles Jock, United States -- 1:45.65
2. Aaron Evans, Bermuda -- 1:47.79
3. Garvin Nero, Trinidad and Tobago -- 1:48.16
4. James Eichberger, Mexico -- 1:48.34
5. Cory Primm, United States -- 1:49.04
6. Jaamal James, Trinidad and Tobago -- 1:49.79
7. Tayron Reyes, Dominican Republic -- 1:51.12
--  Edgard Cortez, Nicaragua -- DNF