FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011
Track & field in third after first day of A-Sun Championships
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Senior Ronnisha Hall won the shot put and hammer events to pace the JU track & field team on the first day of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships at UNF’s Hodges Stadium on Friday night.

Hall won the shot put with a meet record toss of 46’11.75” after taking the top spot in the hammer with a toss of 168’8” earlier in the day.

After five events, the Dolphins are only in third place with 38 points and trail Kennesaw State (52) and UNF (48) for the top two spots.

“Ronnisha & Stacey (Young) performed excellently today,” JU head coach Ron Grigg. “The heptathletes had a good morning and are in a solid position for tomorrow. We scored exactly what I had us on pace to score for today, but you can tell it’s a championship meet because every team performed exceptionally well. We will need to match that intensity tomorrow.”

In the running events, junior Stacey Young (13.78) and senior J’Zotta Rolle (14.14) finished first and second, respectively, in the 100-meter hurdle preliminaries to earn a spot in Saturday’s final. Senior Louise Kiernan also earned a spot in the 100-meter finals by running a 12.10 for fifth in the trials.

Young finished second in the long jump with a leap of 18’5.75”, while sophomore Rayanna Johnson took sixth with a 17’4.75”.

Johnson began the day by getting into second place in the heptathlon with 2,670 points after finishing second in the 200-meter (26.37) and 100-meter hurdles (15.24). Junior Alana Walker won the 200-meter heptathlon (25.71) to take fourth in the standings with 2,602 points.

Sophomore Akeela Bravo posted points in the shot put with a toss of 42’4” for fourth. She also finished seventh in the hammer toss with a 150’3”, while sophomore Sara Schunter just missed earning points after finishing ninth (136’10”).

The Dolphins will start the final day of the A-Sun Championships tomorrow with Johnson and Walker finishing the heptathlon at 10 a.m. The thrower’s kick off the long afternoon session with the discus throw at 3 p.m.

Fans can follow the live results on the championship page at atlanticsun.org and a special blog on JUDolphins.com.