FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012
Track & field wraps first day at UNF Invitational
Junior Joane Pierre sets new program mark in 1,500 meter
Junior Joane Pierre sets new program mark in 1,500 meter
A strong effort helped the JU track & field team to a good start at the Best Western/North Florida Invitational Friday at Hodges Stadium.

The Dolphins had seven personal bests on the evening, led by junior Joane Pierre who broke the program record in the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:25.05 (2nd).

“Today was a solid day,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “We showed good improvement in many event areas. We expect tomorrow will show a similar result.”

Junior Bienna Freeman also had a personal best in the 1,500-meter by running a time of 4:37.85 (15th).

In the 5,000-meter, sophomore Svenja Meyer posted the third-fastest program mark in 17:39.02 for 13th.

Juniors Akeela Bravo (172’11”, 2nd) and Sara Schunter (145’0”, 19th) each had personal bests in the hammer throw. Freshman Courtney Walker also posted a personal best leap of 19’2.5” for second in the long jump.

Senior Stacey Young had the top time in the 100-meter hurdles (13.74) to qualify for Saturday’s final. Freshman Shanqiue Walker will also be in the 100-meter hurdle final after placing fourth with a personal-best time of 14.07. Walker (18’1.75”) and Young (17’10.75”) also competed for the Dolphins in the long jump.

Courtney Walker finished her day by securing a spot in the 100-meter finals tomorrow with a time of 11.88 (8th).

Bravo also placed sixth in the shot put with a toss of 43’05”. Senor Laura Phillips was ninth in the shot put (41’6”) after taking seventh (157’5”) earlier in the day during the hammer throw. Schunter (39’4”) and freshman Sally Marie Futch (34’1.25) also competed well in the shot put.

The Dolphins finish the meet tomorrow at Hodges Stadium on the south side of town. Fans can follow the results at halfmiletiming.com.