THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013
Dolphins seeking record eighth straight conference title
The JU indoor track & field team will travel to Johnson City, Tenn. to try and capture its unprecedented eighth straight Atlantic Sun Indoor Championship. The two day meet is being hosted by East Tennessee State scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
The Dolphins have dominated the sport since the league adopted it in 2006 and have won every possible title.
With six school records being set this season and several times ranking in the top 50 in the country, the Dolphins look poised to continue the streak and capture indoor title number eight.
“Without question, the conference is its strongest and deepest it has even been,” said Jacksonville head coach Ron Grigg. “We will rely on our balance, versatility, quality and depth for a total team effort.”
While the team title is the ultimate goal, several Dolphins are poised to capture individual titles. Leading that charge is a decorated group of seniors looking to finish their indoor careers on a high note.
Charlene Charles (Alfortville, France) has four individual indoor titles coming into the meet including winning the long jump twice and looks primed to add to her total. She has been named the A-Sun Most Valuable Performer twice and is currently ranked 11th in the nation in the pentathlon.
Joane Pierre (Immokalee, Fla.) will be looking to win the mile for the fourth straight season. She improved upon her own school record earlier this year when she posted a time of 4:50.76.
Bienna Freeman (Newark, Del) was last year’s 800 meter champion and will look to repeat the feat in 2013. She improved upon the school record by over a second this season when she posted a winning time of 2:08.17 at the talent-filled Sykes and Sabock Challenge Cup.
“The team comes first in this meet, but we do have some individual and relay goals we hope to fulfill along the way,” said Grigg. “We have an All-Star team of seniors who will lead us, and I am confident in that their example will set the tone for the competition.”
The meet is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and continue on throughout the day.