FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012
Track & Field in second after first day of A-Sun Indoors
A new conference record by JU’s Distance Medley Relay squad helped put the Dolphins track & field team in second following the first day of the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships in Johnson City, Tenn.
Junior Bienna Freeman, sophomore LaTonya Payne, senior Amalia Vogler and junior Joane Pierre posted a A-Sun best time of 11:47.90 to win the relay and put the Dolphins within 10 points of the Kennesaw State (62). East Tennessee State is in third with 38 points.
“We had strong performances today,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “The long jump and shot put were very good events for us. Everyone we entered made tomorrow's finals in the dash and hurdles. The Distance Medley Relay capped of the day with a conference record and impressive margin of victory. But the parity in the conference has very clearly been established. We will need to be at our best tomorrow if we want to be satisfied with the outcome.”
Junior Charlene Charles had a busy day be winning the long jump with a leap of 19’0.75”, while also qualifying for the finals in the 60-meter dash (7.73) and 60-meter hurdles (8.74). Charles finished her day third in the high jump (5’5”).
The Dolphins saw a good first day from freshman Courtney Walker who finished second in the long jump with an 18’9”. She led JU in the 60-meter qualifying with a time of 7.64.
Senior Stacey Young (18’7.75”, 4th) and freshman Petra Munkacsy (18’2.5”) also scored points for JU in the long jump. They would also qualify for the 60-meter hurdles finals after Young finished third in 8.67 and Munkacsy had a time of 8.88 (5th).
In the shot put, senior Akeela Bravo had a toss of 43’6” for second place to pace JU. Junior Sara Schunter was sixth with a throw of 39’10.5”.
Freshman Shanique Walker ran an 8.61 the 60-meter hurdles and freshman Shadaey Campbell placed seventh in the 60-meter preliminaries (7.71) to round out the Dolphins who made the finals.
The Dolphins wrap the meet tomorrow starting with the weight throw at 11:30 a.m. Fans can follow the action through the live results link on JUDolphins.com.