SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2008
Women's outdoor track & field has strong showing at FSU Relays

March 30, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The JU women's outdoor track & field team had a strong showing at the FSU Relays in Tallahassee, Fla. over the weekend.

Shaquania Lundy placed 15th in the 100-meter dash after recording a time of 12.19 and the Dolphins had three finishers crack the top 20 in the 400-meters in freshman Unique Singleton 56.79(12th), junior Janel Grooms 57.13(15th) and freshman Stephanie Brown 59.08(17th).

"We had a really solid opener," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "Overall we ran well, but we did have some disappointments that need to be addressed."

Grooms also took eighth in the 800-meters with a time of 2:14.13, while sophomore Tiffanie Saxton finished 28th in the same race with a time of 2:27.22.

Freshman Anastasia Fokina finished ninth in the 1500-meters with a time of 4:41.83, while sophomore Allison Ritter placed 12th with a time of 4:45.57. Assistant coach Jolene Williams, running unattached, claimed the event with a time of 4:26.53 and sophomores Elsabeth Goshu and Alyssa Deal finished 27th and 39th respectively.

Junior Natasha Harvey, a 2008 indoor track & field All-American in the long jump, finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a mark of 13.98, while three of her teammates joined her in the top 20. Sophomore Tiffany Bromfield finished eighth with a time of 14.41, junior Simone Clark took 10th with a time of 14.51 and freshman J'Zotta Rolle placed 18th after she ran a 14.78.

Rolle and Clark also competed in the 400-meter hurdles, with Rolle finishing eighth with a time of 1:02.00 and Clark taking 14th with a time of 1:05.92. Freshman Allison Salas placed 22nd with a mark of 1:08.49.

The Dolphins had a strong day from its relay teams, with the 4x100-meter team (Danielle Davenport, Lundy, Clark, Harvey) placing fourth with a time of 46.09, the 4x200-meter team (Singleton, Lundy, Davenport, Brown) finishing seventh with a time of 1:40.93, the 4x400-meter team (Singleton, Grooms, Harvey, Rolle) taking fourth with a time of 3:46.00, the 1600-meter sprint medley team (Bromfield, Salas,Brown, Saxton) taking sixth with a mark of 4:25.41 and the shuttle hurdle team (Harvey, Clark, Rolle, Bromfield) placing third with a time of 55.62.

Bromfield placed 10th in the shot put with a personal-record of 12.11 meters.

"I was really pleased with how Tiffany performed," Grigg said. "She set two big personal records. Anastasia, Janel and J'Zotta also had big days for themselves. This was one of the strongest season openers since I have been here."

Salas finished 13th in the high jump with a mark of 1.55 meters.

Freshman Laura Phillips placed 11th in the shot put and 10th in the hammer throw while sophomore Hillary Crook finished 12th in the shot put, 16th in the discus and 13th in the hammer throw.

The Dolphins will be back in action on April 4, when they head to Gainesville, Fla. to compete in the Florida Relays.