TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011
Track & field jumps three spots in USTFCCCA South region poll
The track world has taken more notice of the JU track & field team as the Dolphins jumped to ninth in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South region poll.
The Dolphins moved up three spots in the polls by scoring 243 points the A-Sun Championships over the weekend to take home their sixth straight outdoor title. JU ranked up 11 victories, including four from the seniors, to take the crown.
“This past weekend was remarkable,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “I’m still on cloud nine as I reflect on the things that were accomplished. We have reached the mid-way mark of the competitive season and we hope to continue to train and improve as we approach the NCAA Preliminary Round.”
The Dolphins dominance at the A-Sun meet hit many levels as they had five athletes rank with numbers in the top 30 in the east and four with stats that are in the top 50 nationally. The top 48 athletes in each event category advance to the NCAA Championship East Preliminary Round under the fairly new postseason format.
Seniors Unique Singleton and Danielle Davenport each had the best rankings for the Dolphins half way through the outdoor season.
Singleton’s 200-meter time of 23.25w at the A-Sun Championships is ranked sixth in the east and 15th nationally. She also had the 13th best 400-meter time with a 53.98 to finish second.
Davenport is ninth in the east region with her 400-meter (53.82) and 29th nationally, while helping the 4x400-meter relay get ranked 10th in the east and 27th nationally following their meet record time of 3:40.69. Davenport is 41st nationally in the 200-meter with a 23.66.
Sophomore Bienna Freeman posted a program-best time of 2:07.87 in the 800-meter to rank 19th in east and 38th nationally. Senior Louise Kiernan is 21st in the east in the 100 (11.55) and 200-meters (23.67).
Seniors Ronnisha Hall and J’Zotta Rolle and junior Stacey Young each have marks that rank in the top 50 in the east to round out the group.
The Dolphins will look to improve at their next meet on April 28 at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa.