Dolphins capture eighth straight A-Sun title

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – With 173 points, the JU track & field team took home the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championship for a record eighth consecutive time.  The Dolphins extended their lead of 10 points after the first day of competition to defeat second place ETSU by over 45 points.

The Dolphins dominated the second day of competition winning three events along with 15 all-conference performances.  In total, JU won five events and had 24 all-conference honorees in the two day event.

"We are thankful for a hard fought victory,” said Dolphin head coach Ron Grigg.  “Anyone who follows the conference closely knows that the level of competition is improving at a tremendous rate.  We have an irreplaceable group of seniors who really embraced their leadership role, and have a talented group of underclassmen who have taken up the challenge of continuing to elevate our program."  

Bienna Freeman repeated as champion and set a meet record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:09.92.  Teammate Joane Pierre finished second in a time of 2:11.89 while Sarah Bailey placed eighth running a 2:17.63.

Shanique Walker broke her own school record as well as the meet record in the 60 meter hurdles when she ran an 8.34 to pick up the win.  Petra Munkacsy turned in an all-conference performance finishing just behind Walker in second place with a time of 8.75.

Walker wasn’t done contributing as she jumped 40-11-00 in the triple jump to finish second. 

The Dolphins third event win of the day came in the 4x400 meter relay.  The team of Shadaey Campbell, LaTonya Payne, Courtney Walker, and Freeman set a new meet record winning in a time of 3:45.49.

Payne (56.44), Campbell (57.27), and Alexis Taylor (57.76) finished second, third, and sixth in the tightly contested 400 meters to combine to add 17 points to the overall team score. 

Pierre just missed out on winning the mile for the fourth consecutive year finishing second and earning another all-conference honor with a time of 4:53.28.

Courtney Walker placed third in the 60 meters (7.54) and second in the 200 meters (24.33) to finish as the highest individual point earner for the Dolphins.  Her 24.50 point total was the third highest at meet. 

Throwers Kree Clark and Akeela Bravo placed in the weight throw with Clark receiving all-conference honors.  Her throw of 54-08.00 was good for third while Bravo finished fifth with a throw of 53-00.75.

Svenja Meyer returned to the track after finishing fourth in the 3000 meters yesterday to finish sixth in the 5000 meters in a time of 17:50.22 and pick up three team points. 

"We are also thankful for all of the support we receive from the university, the athletic department, our alumni, parents and boosters," said Grigg.  "I want to specially thank Rhi, Danielle and Thom.  Their work in strength and conditioning, athletic training and massage therapy are integral in our success." 

With their eighth straight title in hand, the Dolphins will now look to achieve the same feat outdoors.  The season begins March 1 at the UNF Spring Break Open.