Track & Field wraps Jimmy Carnes Invitational
The JU track & field team rounded out a busy Saturday at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. to open the 2012 indoor season.

Freshmen Shanique Walker, Courtney Walker and Shadaey Campbell along with sophomore LaTonya Payne put together the biggest JU highlight by winning the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:50.96.

"The overall team performance today was adequate," JU head coach Ron Grigg said. "We see our strengths, and we see where will still need work. Stacey (Young) was excellent today. The group that ran the mile today showed a lot of promise. Courtney Walker gave us a glimpse of the promising things to come for her. I think the meet served as a good rust buster for some of our veterans, and a good learning experience for our many freshmen. The relay victory was nice because all four legs are new to our program."

Senior Stacey Young was the top collegian in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.96 for third place. She also posted a leap of 18’7.75” in the long jump for fifth.

Junior Charlene Charles took third in the high jump (5’5.25”), while junior Akeela Bravo paced the throwers with a toss of 41’7” (3rd) in the shot put.

In the mile, sophomore Svenja Meyer was fourth in 5:09.08. Senior Amalia Vogler took sixth in the event with a time of 5:11.70 and junior Morgan Keel was seventh (5:12.45).

Courtney Walker finished her busy first collegiate meet by placing fourth in the 55-meter dash (7.09).

"We were conservative today,'' Grigg said. "We held out a few people out of an abundance of caution, that probably could have raced if needed. We jumped from short approaches and limited the jumpers to only two or three attempts. It is very, very early and we want to make sure we are building toward the important contests later in the season. Next Sunday we will continue along that path."

Other top performers included junior Sara Schunter who took fourth in the weight throw (45’11.75”) and sixth in the shot put (37’3.75”). Freshman Petra Munkacsy was fifth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.26 after competing in the long jump earlier in the day. Freshman Sally Marie-Futch placed fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 44’2.5” for JU.

The Dolphins return to Gainesville, Fla. on Jan. 22 to compete in the UF Invitational.