Dolphins Win Three Events at UNF Invitational

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—The JU women’s track & field team returned to action Saturday at the UNF Invitational in Jacksonville winning three events and setting a school record.

Seniors Bienna Freeman and Joane Pierre finished first and second in the 800m with times of 2:09.07 and 2:10.05.  The duo returned in the 1500m to once again finish first and second, this time with Pierre winning in a time of 4.27.15 and Freeman placing second with a time of 4:28.47.

Junior distance runner Svenja Meyer picked up the Dolphins third win of the meet in the 5000m finishing in a time of 17:52.90.  She finished nearly 15 seconds faster than the next closest competitor.

A new outdoor school record was set in the discus when freshman Kree Clark recorded a toss of 47.05m to finish third overall in the event.  She broke fellow teammate Akeela Bravo’s record by nearly a foot.  Bravo herself finished ninth in the meet with a long toss of 40.62m.  Rounding out the top ten in the event was Sally Marie Futch who recorded of 40.51m throw.

“The distance and throws group were excellent today,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg.

Bravo returned in the hammer throw to finish third after her 52.05m toss while Futch was forth recording a best of 49.67m.  Clark finished ninth with  her 47.45m toss while senior Sara Schunter finished tenth posting a 43.60m throw.

Sophomore Courtney Walker had a strong meet performance with several top ten finishes.  She placed seventh in the 100m (12.09), fourth in the 200m (24.69), and fifth in the long jump (5.31m). 

The Dolphins had a pair of top ten finishes in the 400m with sophomore Shadaey Campbell finishing fourth (57.08) and senior LaTonya Payne finishing sixth (57.61).  Payne also added a top five finish in the 400m hurdles finishing with a time of 1:01.26.

With the Dolphins holding out several key competitors due to various injuries and ailments, JU knows that it has its work cut out to repeat as Atlantic Sun champs for the record eighth straight time.

“The sprint and hurdle group needs to get their act together or our team goals could be in serious jeopardy,” said Grigg.

The Dolphins return to action to compete at the famous Florida Relays in Gainesville next weekend on April 5.