Track & field makes a splash on first day of Penn Relays
A big crowd and rain couldn’t shake the JU track & field team as they posted the sixth fastest 4x400-meter relay to earn a spot in the Championship of America final on the first day of the 117th edition Penn Relays on Thursday.

Seniors Danielle Davenport and Unique Singleton along with sophomores Joane Pierre and Bienna Freeman tied the school record with a 3:39.18 - finishing behind national powers Texas A&M, Texas, LSU, Penn State and TCU to earn a spot in the main final.

JU is one of eight teams in The Championship of America final on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Fans can see the relay highlights later that night on ESPN 2 at 8:30 p.m.

“This is a special moment for our program,” said JU head Ron Grigg. “Making the championship of America is a significant accomplishment. I am happy for the women who have worked hard and ran well. I look forward to the next two days.”

Davenport opened the race running a split of 53.4, while Singleton tallied a 54.5. Pierre ran a split of 56.1 and Freeman closed the relays by registering a 55.2.

The group will switch gears a little tomorrow as they compete in the Sprint Medley relay (200-200-400-800) at 6:20 p.m.

Fans can follow live stats and watch the meet through video streaming at