Track & field opens outdoor season at UNF Friday
Juniro Charlene Charles and the Dolphins open the outdoor slate Friday
Juniro Charlene Charles and the Dolphins open the outdoor slate Friday
The JU track & field team switches gears to the outdoor campaign Friday when it starts the season with the UNF Spring Break Open at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Dolphins are back in action for the first time in two weeks since winning their seventh consecutive A-Sun Indoor Track & Field Championship on Feb. 18.

Hodges Stadium will also be the site of the A-Sun Outdoor Track & Field Championships in April. JU has won the last six conference outdoor titles, including the last three at Hodges Stadium.

“We look forward to getting the season started, especially in the outdoor specific events like the hammer, discus, 400 hurdles and 4 x 100 relay,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “Many other athletes will be competing in secondary events, as we start our progression toward the A-Sun Championships in late April.”

Senior Laura Phillips, juniors Akeela Bravo and Sara Schunter and freshman Sally Marie Futch start the completion for JU with the hammer throw at 9 a.m.

Freshmen Petra Munkacsy, Shadaey Campbell, Courtney Walker and Shanique Walker will run 4x100-meter relay at 3:10 p.m.

Junior Charlene Charles will be in the 800-meter for the Dolphins at 5:35 p.m. Sophomore Svenja Meyer runs in the 3,000-meter steeplechase 6:10 p.m., while Pierre, junior Alicia Gard-Kaminkow and junior Morgan Keel close the day in the 5,000-meter at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Phillips, Bravo, Schunter and Futch will open again at 8 a.m. with the discus. They will wrap the weekend in the shot put with Charles, Munkacsy and junior Alana Walker.

Campbell and Courtney Walker will run in the 200-meter Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Senior Stacey Young, junior Alana Walker and freshmen Shanique Walker and Alexis Taylor will compete in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:15 p.m.

The Dolphins will have junior Bienna Freeman and senior Amaila Vogler run in the 1,500-meter to wrap the meet for JU at 3:10 p.m.

At the A-Sun Indoor Championships, freshman Courtney Walker paced the Dolphins en route to be named A-Sun Most Outstanding Freshman Performer.

Walker earned first place in the 60-meter (7.54) and later ran a leg of the 4x400-meter with sophomore LaTonya Payne and freshman Shanique Walker and Campbell that was second in 3:46.92. Walker was also second in the 200-meter (24.41) and the long jump (18’9”).

Young led the Dolphins in the 60-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 8:54 (2nd). Pierre won the mile for the Dolphins in 4:56.43, while Freeman was first in the 800-meter (2:14.36).

Freeman, Payne, Pierre and Vogler Pierre won the Distance Medley Relay with an A-Sun best time of 11:47.90 in helping the cause.

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