WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Jacksonville University track & field team opened their 2014 indoor season on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Wake Forest Invitational in North Carolina. In total, four Dolphins won individual events in a great team effort.
"I was both surprised and pleased by the quality of the performances we produced today,” said Head Coach Ron Grigg. “The veterans really showed great form for the first meet of the season. The freshmen gained valuable experiences and likely had their eyes opened to a new level of performance expectation.”
Senior Svenja Meyer and freshman Katy Solis opened the day by claiming first and second, respectively, in the 5,000-meter run, while freshman Caitlin Marino placed fourth of 11 runners. Meyer posted a winning 17:59.15 minutes, followed by Solis (18:12.69) and Marino (18:58.20).
Juniors Shanique Walker and Petra Munkacsy followed in the 60-meter hurdles, as Walker placed second in 8.43 seconds as the top collegiate finisher. Munkacsy finished eighth in 9.09 seconds.
Juniors Shadaey Campbell and Courtney Walker were another one-and-two team, placing first-and-second in the 60-meter dash. Campbell clocked in at 7.53 seconds for the win, while Walker was fast behind in 7.55 seconds.
In the 400-meter run, freshman Stormm Phillips placed 10th in 58.90 seconds, while Courtney Walker and Campbell finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200-meter dash.
The 4x400-meter relay team comprised of Shanique Walker, Courtney Walker, Campbell and Phillips was the top collegiate finishing team and second overall, crossing in 3:46.92 minutes, just a hair behind first-placed G.W. Express/Nike, which ran in 3:43.90. Junior Alexis Taylor, junior Taylor Story, freshman Tia Smith and Munkacsy placed ninth in 4:08.68.
Sophomore Kree Clark won the weight throw with a toss of 17.82m, followed by red-shirt freshman Samantha Turner in fourth (15.46m) and junior Sally Marie Futch in fifth (14.90m).
Clark and Turner earned second and third, respectively, in the shot put, as Clark threw 13.24m and Turner landed 13.18m. Futch placed 10th with 11.62m.
Ending the day with the long and triple jumps, Taylor Story won the long jump with 5.95m, followed by sophomore Kaitlyn Taylor in fifth (5.59m) and Phillips in 13th (5.19m). In the triple, Kaitlyn Taylor was second, but also the top collegiate athlete with 11.92m, while Smith was ninth (11.22m).
“We were solid everywhere,” Grigg added. “We had pleasant surprises and we saw some of our second-year athletes really make great gains. Now it is time to get back to work as there is a long season ahead.”
Next, the JU track & field team will travel to Gainesville, Fla. to compete in the Jimmy Carnes Invitational on Friday, Jan. 17.