SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012
Track & field wins seventh straight A-Sun Outdoor title
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Another solid effort by the JU track & field team helped secure its seventh consecutive Atlantic Sun Outdoor Championship Saturday afternoon at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.

Despite an hour rain delay, the Dolphins scored 178 points on the final day to finish with 242 points. Kennesaw State (151) was second, while UNF (148), ETSU (109), Lipscomb (98), USC Upstate (38.50) and Belmont (27.50) made up the rest of the teams.

Junior Akeela Bravo earned Most Valuable Performer honors after winning two throwing events and finishing second in another event.

“I am so proud of the entire team and staff of coaches,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “Every classification, every event group produced excellent efforts. I think it was the most thorough and dominant effort we have produced in an outdoor championship.”

The Dolphins won seven events Saturday, including finishing 1-2 in three events.

Senior Laura Phillips and Bravo finished 1-2 for the third time in the meet in the discus. Phillips won this one with a toss of 153’4”, while Bravo had a 147’0”. Freshman Sally Marie Futch continued her strong meet after finishing fourth (134’10”).

Junior LaTonya Payne, freshman Courtney Walker, freshman Shanique Walker and freshman Shadaey Campbell edged out Kennesaw State in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 45.28.

Courtney Walker won the 100-meter with another Hodges Stadium record time of 11.57. She wrapped her day finishing second in the 200-meter (23.99).

Payne was also first in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.51 followed by Shanique Walker (1:01.10, 2nd) and senior Stacey Young in (1:01.87, 3rd). Payne took second in the 400-meter with a time of 55.32.

Young finished first earlier in the day in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.55. Shanique Walker was fourth with a 13.91. She was also second in the triple jump with a leap of 40’1.25” and Young was fourth with a 39’9.75”.

Junior Joane Pierre won the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:31.41. She later finished second (2:08.51) in the 800-meter behind junior Bienna Freeman who broke her own A-Sun record in 2:07.63.

Junior Charlene Charles was second in the high jump with a leap of 5’8” and placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.00).

Other conference scorers for JU included senior Amalia Vogler’s fifth place finish in the 800-meter (2:13.07). Freshman Alexis Taylor was fifth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:02.80. Sophomore Svenja Meyer ran a time of 4:41.26 for sixth in the 1,500-meter, while freshman Petra Munkacsy was seventh in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.52.

Campbell, Taylor, Vogler and Freeman finished with the meet with a third place mark in the 4x400-meter relay. (3:51.14).

The Dolphins are in action again on May 8 for the Demon Deacon Combined Event in Winston-Salem, N.C.