SATURDAY, MARCH 01, 2008
Women's indoor track & field claim third straight A-Sun title!
March 1, 2008
JOHNSON City, Tenn. - The JU women's indoor track & field team delivered a dominating performance on Saturday to clinch their third consecutive A-Sun title in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Dolphins scored a massive 157 points, the most in conference history, and their 74-point victory was also the most in conference history.
"It was a total team effort across all the event areas," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. " Our veterans and freshmen all produced great performances."
Junior jumper Natasha Harvey was named Field "Performer of the Year" after adding to her gold medal that she won in the long jump on Friday with victories in the triple jump and 60-meter hurdle. Her triple jump mark of 40-03.25 was a meet record and her 60-meter hurdle time of 8.68 was part of a one-two-three-four finish by the Dolphins. Harvey also took the bronze medal in the 60-meter dash after running a time of 7.71.
"Her talent is undeniable," Grigg said. "She is so versatile, being able to sprint, hurdle and jump for us. Her long jump was a special performance."
After seeing his team deliver an outstanding performance, Grigg was named "Coach of the Year" for the third consecutive indoor tournament and fifth in a row overall.
"It is more indicative of the staff as opposed to just any one coach," said Grigg. "Great athletes make coaches look good."
Junior jumper Shaquania Lundy trailed only Harvey in the long and triple jump, but defeated Harvey in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.65 to earn her third silver medal of the championships.
Harvey and Lundy combined for 60 points, outscoring every other team except Belmont.
Not to be outdone by the upperclassmen, freshmen Unique Singleton and Anastasia Folkina added gold medals of their own after both being a part of the distance medal relay team that earned a silver medal on Friday.
Folkina took the 800-meters with a time of 2:21.23, while Singleton captured the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.73, narrowly missing out on a school record.
Singleton earned her third medal of the championships as part of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished second with a time of 3:52.19. Joining her were fellow freshmen Rolle, Allison Salas and Danielle Davenport.
Sophomore thrower Hillary Crook, who claimed gold in the shot put on Friday, finished fourth in the weigh throw with a mark of 48-06.00, while freshman teammate Laura Phillips finished right behind her in fifth position with a mark of 47-022.50.
Lundy and Harvey will be back in action on March 14th as they compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
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