Track & field wraps day at UF Invitational
Junior Joane Pierre had one of best performances of the day for the JU track & field team at the UF Invitational on Sunday in Gainesville, Fla.

Pierre won the mile for the Dolphins with a time of 5:03.48. Junior Bienna Freeman took second during the mile in 5:05.06 and junior Charlene Charles placed second in the 800-meter with a time of 2:15.74 in preparing for the pentathlon in the next two meets.

“The hurdlers and middle-distance groups had a good day,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. " We look to continue to improve again in two weeks.”

Pierre, Charles and Freeman ended their day with sophomore LaToya Payne, finishing fourth in the 4x400-meter relay (3:53.90). Payne was also seventh in the 800-meter with a time of 2:19.41.

In the field events, junior Akeela Bravo recorded a toss of 42'11.5" (4th) in the shot put, while freshman Shanique Walker took second in the triple jump with a leap of 40'0".

“The field events will be critical to our success this season, and Akeela and Shanique were bright spots today," Grigg said.

Freshman Petra Munckacsy was fifth in the 55-meter hurdles (8:03) and senior Stacey Young was two spots behind her in 8:07.

In the 3,000-meter, sophomore Svenja Meyer (10:18.63), junior Morgan Keel (10:32.79) and senior Bailee Hedstrom (10:37.05) took the eighth through 10th spots, respectively.

The Dolphins will spend the next two weeks training before competing at the Sykes-Sabock Cup on Feb. 4 in State College, Pa.