THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012
Track & field qualifies for six events at the NCAA East Preliminary Round
The JU track & field team had eight athletes qualify for six events at the NCAA East Preliminary Round to be held at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville starting May 24.

Freshman Courtney Walker is in the 100-meter for the Dolphins, while juniors Bienna Freeman and Joane Pierre are running in the 800-meter for the second straight season. Senior Stacey Young (100-meter hurdles) and junior LaTonya Payne (400-meter hurdles) are in the hurdles for the Dolphins.

Junior Charlene Charles will compete in the long jump and freshman Shanique Walker can run in the 100-meter hurdles if someone drops out. JU is also running in the 4x100-relay.

“Having eight athletes in six different events qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round is a milestone achievement for our program,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “Those eight athletes represent 40% of our roster advancing to the post season. This group has accomplished a lot with which to be proud.”

Walker, a local native, ran a Hodges Stadium record time of 11.57 at the A-Sun Championships in April to earn her first postseason spot. Freeman had an A-Sun best time of 2:07.16 at the Pepsi Florida Relays before bettering it at the Georgia Tech Invitational in 2:07.07 (program record) on May 12. Pierre ran a 2:07.67 at the UNF Invitational in March.

Young posted a team-best time in winning the 100-meter hurdles (13.55) at the A-Sun Championships. Like Freeman, Payne bettered her time at the Georgia Tech Invitational by running the 400-meter hurdles in 59.91, the second-fastest all-time at JU.

Both Walkers, freshman Shadaey Campbell and Payne posted a winning time of 45.28 in relay at the conference meet in April. Charles may join the Dolphins in running a leg at the meet.

Charles recorded a personal-best leap of 20' 0.25" in the long jump at the UCF Black & Golf Challenge in March. Shanique Walker ran a time of 13.72 for the Dolphins in the 100-meter hurdles at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

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