SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013
Eight Is Great!
Dolphins claim eighth straight outdoor track and field title
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Record setting performances in the discus, 400m 400m hurdles and the 100m hurdles on Saturday propelled Jacksonville to an eighth straight Atlantic Sun Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship. The record setting performances were part of the 10 individual event titles won by the Dolphins on Saturday as the team rolled up 230.5 total points at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.
The Dolphins have now won 16-straight A-Sun track meets by including the past eight indoor titles. Kennesaw State finished second with 181.5 ahead of ETSU (151.5) and Lipscomb (98).
Sophomore Shanique Walker took home the Championship Most Valuable Performer honors by totaling 32.5 points including a record setting performance in the 100m hurdles. Walker’s 100m hurdle time of 13.16 bested the previous mark of 13.38 previously set by former Dolphin Natasha Harvey in 2009. Walker also took home an individual title in the triple jump with a leap of 12.50m (41-00.25). In addition she took second in the 400 hurdles (1:00:38) while aiding the 4x100m relay team to a third place showing.
In other record setting performances freshman Kree Clark won the discus by shattering the meet record set by Laura Phillips in 2012. Clark’s toss of 51.06m (167-06) was over four meters past the previous mark of 46.74m. Sally Marie Futch was third in the event at 40.77m (133-09).
Junior Latonya Payne meanwhile set an meet record by winning the 400m hurdles in 59.20 to surpass a 10-year old mark of 59:28 held by Tarjatta Rose of GSU. In the 400m sophomore Courtney Walker raced home with a record time of 53.60 to lower the previous mark of 53.78 set in 2011. Payne took third in the event behind Walker with a time of 55.38. Both teamed up as part of the Dolphins victorious 4x400 team which along with Shadaey Campbell and Bienna Freeman closed with a time of 3:42.07. Walker also was victorious in the 200m with a time of 23.59.
Jacksonville continued its run of success in the 1500m, as seniors Joane Pierre (4:28.29) and Freeman (4:28.81) finished first and second, respectively. The race was the turning point of the meet as the Dolphins took the lead in the overall standings afterthe race and never looked back. The duo reversed places but still went 1-2 in the 800m with Freeman (2:09.20) taking first and Pierre (2:09.60) second.
Senior Charlene Charles won the heptathlon with 4,640 points and added an additional 11.5 points throughout the meet to cap her illustrious conference career. Charles put the finishing touches off on her heptathlon victory by winning the long jump and placing third in the javelin. She also placed fourth in the high jump at 1.67m (5-05.75) and was seventh in the triple jump 11.47m 37-07.75 on Saturday.
A strong finish in the heptathlon 800m allowed Petra Munkacsy to finish second in the event and second overall in the heptathlon with 4337 points. Munkacsy also scored with a fifth place time of 14.53 in the 100m hurdles.
Adding to her long jump victory on Friday, Taylor Story 3rd 1.72m (5-07.75) was third in the high jump on Saturday.