Track & field competes at A-Sun Indoor Championships on Friday
The JU track & field team is looking for its best performance of the season starting Friday when they compete at the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track & Field Championships in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Dolphins hope to secure its sixth straight A-Sun indoor title after winning the meet last season with a conference-record 211 points.

“It has been an interesting year to date,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We’ve had a little more uncertainty than we are accustomed to, but I am really pleased with our current level of readiness.

“The conference continues to get stronger and deeper so we fully expect this to be a very tight team battle. As always, whichever program has the best day, relative to their potential, will be bringing home the trophy.”

Sophomores Charlene Charles and Rayanna Johnson along with junior Alana Walker will kick the meet off for the Dolphins in the pentathlon on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Charles smashed her current program pentathlon record at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational on Jan. 30 with 3,906 points.

The afternoon session on the first day will resume at 4:30 p.m. with the 3,000-meter run, the shot put and long jump event.

Charles looks to defend her title in the long jump along side junior Stacey Young, while senior Bailee Hedstrom and freshman Svenja Meyer is slated to run in the 3,000-meter.

Senior Hillary Crook, junior Ronnisha Hall and sophomores Akeela Bravo and Sara Schunter will compete in the shot put. Hall won the shot put (45’10.75” (13.99m)) in 2009 before redshirting the last season.

Charles and Young will join Walker and senior J’Zotta Rolle in the 60-meter hurdle trials at 5:30 p.m. before competing in the high jump less than 15 minutes later. Charles rounds out her first day with senior Louise Kiernan in the 60-meter dash preliminaries at 6 p.m. The two sprint finals will be on Saturday beginning at 1:05 p.m.

JU closes the first day with Rolle, sophomore Bienna Freeman, sophomore Joane Pierre and junior Amaila Vogler in the Distance Medley Relay at 6:20 p.m. They broke the school record at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup on Feb. 5 with a time of 11:42.29 for second place.

On Saturday, the final day opens with Hall, Bravo, Schunter, Crook and senior Laura Phillips competing in the weight throw at 11:30 a.m.

The distance events began at 12:30 p.m. with Pierre, Hedstrom, junior Anastasia Fokina and sophomore Morgan Keel running in the mile. Pierre broke the JU record in the mile with a time of 4:54.16 at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational this season.

Keel, Pierre and Freeman is in the 800-meter at 1:55 p.m. Pierre is set to join Meyer, Hedstrom and sophomore Alicia Gard-Kaminkow in the 5,000-meter at 3 p.m.

Seniors Danielle Davenport and Unique Singleton compete in the 400-meter dash at 1:10 p.m. before running in the 200-meter at 2:45 p.m.The Dolphins round out the meet with the 4x400-meter relay at 3:55 p.m.

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