Pierre shines at Jimmy Carnes Invitational

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- The JU track & field team travelled to Gainesville for the second weekend in a row and had another strong showing as a team winning  three events.  Senior Joane Pierre had an outstanding meet winning the 800 meters and shattering the school record in the mile.

Pierre won the mile for the second straight week and improved on her own school record by posting a blistering 4:50.76.  She was one of just two athletes in the race that broke the five minute barrier.  Her day was far from over as she returned to the track to edge out teammates Bienna Freeman and LaTonya Payne to win the 800 meters with a time of 2:13.41. 

“Joane had a strong day,” said Dolphin head coach Ron Grigg.  “She ran strongly over the second half of the mile, extending her lead each lap.  She was able to return on very short rest to lead the 800 from wire to wire.”

The Dolphins were not done winning races as the 4x400 meter relay team won for the second straight year at the meet.  The team of Payne, Charlene Charles, Courtney Walker, and Alexis Taylor turned in an impressive 3:47.63 led by Charles’ 54.8 split. 

Charles had a good showing in the 55 meter hurdles as well posting a time of 8.12 to be the first collegiate finisher.

Sophomores Shadaey Campbell and Alexis Taylor were narrowly edged out to finish second and third in the 400 meters.

Throwers Akeela Bravo and Kree Clark finished in the top seven in both the weight throw and shot put. 

“The middle distance group, long sprint group, and throws group did a good job,” said Grigg.  “There were some good highlights there.  However, the short sprint and jumps groups have plenty of work left to do.” 

The Dolphins return to action on February 2 when they travel to State College, Pa. to take part in the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.  This will be the final competition for JU before the Atlantic Sun Championships on February 22.