FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010
Track & field qualifies six athletes for NCAA postseason events
The JU track & field team will still be busy competing for the new two weeks as the Dolphins qualify six athletes for NCAA postseason events.
Freshman Charlene Charles leads the group after qualifying for the heptathlon in the NCAA National Championships on June 9. She also joins both relay groups (4x100-meter & 4x400-meter) at the NCAA East Preliminary Round starting May 28 in Greensboro, N.C.
Along with the relay events, juniors Unique Singleton and Danielle Davenport each received a spot in the 400-meter, while freshman Joane Pierre qualified for the 800-meter to round out the group at the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
The top 12 finishers from the preliminary round will earn a spot for the NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore.
"I am really proud to have this large of a group qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Looking at the lists, we have legitimate opportunities to finish in the top 12 and advance to the NCAA finals and we expect season's bests across the board for the events in which we are entered. For Charlene to qualify for the NCAA finals in the heptathlon as a freshman is a really remarkable achievement. She is one of only three freshmen in the 24-person field."
Charles earned her trip to Eugene, Ore. by finishing second in the heptathlon at the FSU Relays (3/26) with 5,325 points. She won the high jump (5’7”), 200-meter (24.56), 100-meter hurdles (13.90) and long jump (19’4.25”), while finishing second in the 800-meter (2:19.34).
Charles, Singleton, Davenport and junior Louise Kiernan received the No. 14 seed for 4x100-meter relay after winning the event with a time of 44.86 at the JU-UNF Dual on April 29.
At the FSU Twilight (5/8), junior J’Zotta Rolle along with Charles, Singleton and Davenport ran a school-record time of 3:39.18 (1st) to secure their spot in the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
Singleton won the 400-meter at the Atlantic Sun Championships with a school-record time of 53.80 to get the No. 15 seed, while Davenport recorded a time of 54.23 to get the No. 26 seed.
Pierre registered a school record time of 2:08.17 in the 800-meter at the Tom Jones Invitational on April 17 to get the No. 27 seed for the preliminary round.
Fans can follow all the action from the NCAA East Preliminary Round by logging onto NCAA.com.
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