FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011
Track & field competes at UCF Black & Gold Challenge on Saturday
There will not be a lot of rest for the JU track & field team during spring break as they continue the outdoor season at the UCF Black & Gold Challenge on Saturday in Orlando.
The Dolphins have a strong field to compete against as they battle host UCF, Texas, Michigan and Florida. The Longhorns recently finished second at the NCAA Indoor Championships, while the Wolverines (18th) and Knights (21st) each finished in the top 25.
“This will be an interesting experience competing against many of the nation’s top programs in a women’s only format,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “It is still very early so we will continue to experiment with event selection, race strategies and relay personnel. It will be one more step in our preparations for the A-Sun Championship in mid-April and the NCAA Preliminary Round in late May.”
JU returns to action after competing at the UNF Spring Break Open to open the outdoor season on March 4th.
Sophomore Joane Pierre finished third in the 5,000-meter with a time of 17:14.90 to break the previous record of 17:38.04, which was held by Alison Wilfong for the past 17 years.
In the throws, senior Ronnisha Hall broke the school record in the discus with a personal-best throw of 148’7” for first place. She also placed third in the shot put (45’1.75”), while sophomore Akeela Bravo paced the Dolphins in the hammer throw with personal-best toss of 160’1” (3rd) after taking second in the discus (146’10”).
Sophomore Bienna Freeman posted her new best time of 4:44.03 in the 1,500-meter to finish third on the final day. Seniors Danielle Davenport (25.16) and Louise Kiernan (24.19) placed second and third, respectively, in the 200-meter to round out the meet.
Fans can follow the live results through halfmiletiming.com.