FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011
Track & field leads after first day of A-Sun Indoor Championships
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The JU track & field team had a strong first day to take the top spot after the first day of the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships on Friday in Johnson City, Tenn.

Sophomore Charlene Charles scored 28 of JU’s 83 points to put the Dolphins in first place. Cross-town rival UNF is second with 58 points, while ETSU and Kennesaw State are tied for third with 28 points.

“We had a very nice day,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “All of the event areas contributed today and put ourselves in a good position for a similar day tomorrow.”

Charles won the pentathlon with a meet record 3,670 points after finishing first in the high jump (5’7.75”) and long jump (17’9.75”). She finished second in the 60-meter hurdles (9.10) and 800-meter (2:28.65), while taking fourth in the shot put with a toss of 31’11.25.”

After the pentathlon, Charles also won the regular high jump with a leap of 5’5” and finished second in the long jump with a 19’3.5”. She closed out the first day qualifying for the 60 (7.69, 3rd) and 60-meter hurdle (8.82, 2nd) finals.

Along with Charles in the pentathlon, junior Alana Walker took third overall with 3,107 points after finishing third in the 800-meter (2:29.60) and 60-meter hurdles (9.72). Sophomore Rayanna Johnson ran a 2:26.12 (6th) in the 800-meter en route to 3,057 points for fifth in the pentathlon.

The Dolphins’ throwers put together 27 points for the squad in the shot put. Senior Hillary Crook won it with a toss of 46’4”, while junior Ronnisha Hall finished second with a throw of 45’1”. Sophomore Akeela Bravo (43’0.5”, 4th), senior Laura Phillips(42’10.25”, 5th) and sophomore Sara Schunter (38’11.5”, 11th) each had personal bests in the event.

Junior Stacey Young continues to be a strong performer at the championship meets after being the top qualifier in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.70. She also recorded a personal best in the long jump with leap of 18’10” for fourth place.

Other top performers included junior Baliee Hedstrom who smashed her personal best in the 3,000-meter by recording a time of 10:14.13 (4th). Senior Louise Kiernan qualified for the 60-meter finals with a time of 7.67 (2nd), while senior J’Zotta Rolle earned a spot in the 60-meter hurdle finals after running an 8.94 for third place.

The Dolphins close out the conference meet tomorrow starting at 11:30 a.m. with the weight throw. Fans can follow the action through live stats at cfpitiming.com.