THURSDAY, MARCH 03, 2011
Track & field starts outdoor season at UNF Spring Break Open on Friday
The JU track & field team will get back to work starting on Friday as they open the outdoor season in the UNF Spring Break Open at Hodges Stadium.

The Dolphins begin working towards securing their sixth straight A-Sun Outdoor Championship, which will tie the longest streak in conference history with UCF (2000-05).

“Having just concluded our indoor season, it is a quick turnaround to outdoor competition,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Our training has returned to a preparation focus. On the track, this first race is a chance for everyone to move up in distance and challenge their comfort levels. We will only compete in a few running events as we prepare for the competitions of greatest importance that occur later in the year.

“The throws group is excited to be able to contest the hammer and the discus, which we believe are very strong events for us. I expect to see some strong performances and I believe we will see at least one school record on the track and perhaps many in the throws.”

The Dolphins return to action after winning their sixth straight A-Sun Indoor title with a conference-record 219 points in Johnson City, Tenn. on Feb. 19.

In all, the Dolphins won nine of 17 events, recorded 11 all-conference awards, had 11 conference scorers and broke three program records.

Sophomore Charlene Charles earned “Most Valuable Performer” and “Most Outstanding Field Performer” accolades after winning the pentathlon (3,670 points) and high jump (5’5”) and finishing second in the long jump (19’3.5”). She also placed second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.71 and third in the 60-meter (7.68).

Sophomore Joane Pierre won the 800-meter (2:15.24) and the mile (5:02.17) en route to “Most Outstanding Performer” honors.

The JU throwers also did well at the indoor meet after producing 42 points in its events. On the final day, junior Ronnisha Hall opened the meet producing a conference and school record weight toss of 62’2.5” to win the event. Seniors Laura Phillips (52’5.5”) and Hillary Crook (51’6.5’) each finished sixth and seventh with personal bests. Crook also won the shot put with a toss of 46’4”while Hall placed second with a 45’1”.

Fans can follow the results this weekend through halfmiletiming.com.