WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011
Track & field starts NCAA East Preliminary Round on Thursday
Spots in the NCAA National Championship meet will be the line starting Thursday as members of the JU track & field team compete at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Bloomington, Ind.

Senior Ronnisha Hall is set to compete in the shot put and junior Stacey Young will run in the 100-meter hurdles. Sophomores Joane Pierre and Bienna Freeman are in the 800-meter, while seniors Unique Singleton and Danielle Davenport compete in the 400-meter. Singleton, Davenport, Freeman and Pierre will each run a leg in the 4x400-meter relay to round out the meet.

The top 12 finishers from each event will earn a spot in the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa starting on June 8th.

“We’ve worked all year to get to this point in the season,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “The 48 best in the East is trying to be in the top 12 to make it to the NCAA finals. We have the talent to advance and we will have to execute race plans and compete to the best of our abilities in order to do it.”

Singleton and Davenport will run in the first round of the 400-meter on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with the finals coming for the next day at 5:30 p.m. Davenport comes into the meet after running the 11th best time in the east (53.53) at the Seminole Twilight. Singleton ran a season-high 53.82 at the same meet.

Freeman and Pierre are set to round out Thursday with the 800-meter at 7:30 p.m. Freeman won the 800-meter at the A-Sun Championships with a program-best time of 2:07.26 to get her invite, but Pierre later broke the recorded by running a 2:07.26 at the UCF Twilight. The 800-meter finals is also set for Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Hall will start the day for the Dolphins on Friday at 1:00 p.m., while Young brings the track portion with her event at 4:30 p.m. Hall broke the school record at the UCF Twilight with a toss of 48’7.25” to earn her position. Young posted the 26th best time in the east at the UNF Invitational with a 13.43.

The 4x400-meter relay group hopes to improve on its time of 3:39.18 at the Penn Relays in the race on Saturday at 9:25 p.m.

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