FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014
Fins Lead After Record-Setting Day One of A-Sun Outdoor Championships
Kree Clark (Photo credit: Atlantic Sun)
Kree Clark (Photo credit: Atlantic Sun)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – At the conclusion of day one of the 2014 Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Jacksonville stands in first place with 72 points heading into Saturday’s finals. Among three individual wins on Friday, the Dolphins also set three conference records.

Lipscomb (41), ETSU (40), North Florida (33), Kennesaw State (21), USC Upstate (18), Mercer (6) and Northern Kentucky (3) follow in the team rankings after six scored events.

"We had a very strong first day," said Head Coach Ron Grigg. "The throwers were exceptional setting two conference records. We scored points in every event we entered and we have many qualifiers for finals tomorrow. There is lots of work left to be done, but there are also lots of opportunities for continued excellence."

The women competed in four heptathlon events on Friday, with Stormm Phillips winning the heptathlon 200-meter dash in a conference record time of 24.87, besting previous Dolphin Natasha Harvey’s 2008 time of 25.40. Petra Munkacsy placed ninth in 27.93. In the heptathlon 100-meter hurdles, Phillips and Munkacsy tied for second, each finishing in 15.18 behind Kennesaw State’s Christie Leverette in 15.07. In the heptathlon high jump, Phillips tied for fifth with 1.58m (5’ 2.25”) while Munkacsy took 10th with 1.34m (4’ 4.75”). Lastly in the heptathlon shot put, Phillips (10.52m, 34’ 6.25”) and Munkacsy (10.06m, 33’ 0.25”) finished third and fifth, respectively.

In the hammer throw, Kree Clark won with a conference record toss of 54.85m (179’ 11”), breaking the previous conference best that was set in 2004 by UCF’s Tiffany Roebuck. Sally Marie Futch (50.81m, 166’ 08”) and Samantha Turner (47.90m, 157’ 02”) followed in second and fourth, respectively.

Turner won the shot put with an A-Sun record toss of 14.70m (48’ 2.75”), while Futch finished fourth with 13.08m (42’ 11.00”) and Clark placed seventh with 12.54m (41’ 1.75”).

Courtney Walker won the long jump with a leap of 6.01m (19’ 8.75”), followed by Phillips in third, Kaitlyn Taylor in sixth and Shanique Walker in ninth.

Svenja Meyer placed second of 12 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing in 10:35.22 while Caitlin Marino finished 11th in 11:55.37.

In the 10,000-meter run, Katy Solis finished sixth of 14 in 38:36.40.

Both Shanique Walker and Tatiana Wolfe qualified with their respective times in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries to move ahead to Saturday’s finals. Shanique Walker also qualified in the 100-meter dash.

The Fins will conclude action in the A-Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championship tomorrow.