Charlie Watson
Charlie Watson
Height: 5-11
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Carmel, IN
High School: Carmel
Position: Distance
Major: Computer Science
College: Pomona

At Pomona-Pitzer: Entering his senior season as a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Cross Country team...Finished ninth out of 61 runners in the 5000 meters at the 2014 SCIAC Track and Field Championships with a 15:16.62...Also a member of the Men's Cross Country team.

High School: Attended Carmel High School in Indiana, where he was a member of the cross country and track and field teams…Had personal bests of 15:36 in the 5000m, 4.29 in the 1600 meters, and 9:38 in the 3200 meters…Charles F. Maas State Mental Attitude Award Recipient in Cross Country in 2012..Helped his Carmel team to an Indiana State Championship in cross country in 2012…Team also finished in 11th at the Nike Cross Country Nationals in 2012, as well as in second place at the Midwest Regionals…Earned All-State honors in cross country in 2011 with a 23rd place finish and nearly repeated that honor in 2012 with a 26th place finish (one shy of all-state distinction)…Earned Most Improved Award in Cross Country in 2010…Was an All-State Indoor Track & Field winner in 2012…All-Academic in both cross country and track and field…Earned the Chuck Koeppen Cross Country Scholarship in 2013…AP Scholar with Distinction…Carmel High School Top Scholar (top 3%) all four years…National Honors Society member and a National Merit Commended Scholar…Named the Carmel High School Distinguished Graduate in 2013…Earned Math Department and Spanish Department Awards…Member of Senior Leadership Committee and CHS Alumni Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Personal: Attends Pomona College, where he majors in computer science with a Spanish minor…Most interested in applying computer science skills to astronomy-related research...Has one younger brother…Mother, Gretchen, graduated from Scripps in 1987, where she played on the CMS tennis team…Hobbies include building computers, running, ultimate frisbee, frisbee golf, golf, ping pong, basketball, and skiing…Lists Chris Derrick as his favorite athlete…Favorite books are The Inheritance trilogy and anything Star Wars related, while favorite movies are Star Wars, Sunshine, Life of Pi and Game of Thrones…Lists Bill Gates as the public figure he most admires…Spent the summer of 2014 researching Pluto's atmosphere, traveling to Tasmania to conduct the research...Has tutored students in Spanish for four years, and built computers for nursing homes and elementary schools through a program called Net Literacy…Chose Pomona because “from the moment I stepped on campus I felt at ease and relaxed. At every other school I was worried about appearances and impressions and being accepted by other people. At Pomona I felt as if it was already done for me, I fit right into the culture, to the students, and the environment."