SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014
Track and Field Claims Ninth Straight Outdoor Title
(Photo credit: Atlantic Sun)
(Photo credit: Atlantic Sun)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University track and field won its ninth straight Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday, claiming the title with the smallest margin of victory in conference championship history. The Dolphins earned 203.5 points with seven event victories ahead of Kennesaw State with 201.5 and six, respectively.

The Dolphins added to their individual event wins with four on the final day, including Shanique Walker's two to help earn her the A-Sun Championship Most Valuable Performer honor as she tallied 39.5 points in six events.

"We had to overcome some adversity today as well as a challenge from a talented and well coached Kennesaw State team,” said Head Coach Ron Grigg. “It took everything we had left in the tank.

"We are so thankful to all of the support we received from alums, families and athletic administration," Grigg continued. "Tom Hammett our athletic trainer and Thom Moody our massage therapist deserve special thanks for piecing us back together recently that allowed for our effort."

Concluding Friday’s events, Jacksonville led with 72 points ahead of Lipscomb in second-place with 41 points. KSU stood fifth with 21 points.

Shanique Walker won both the 100-meter hurdles (13.40) and the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.12), while Courtney Walker won the 400-meter dash (53.82) and Kree Clark won the discus throw (50.98m, 167’ 03”).

Shanique Walker also earned second in the 100-meter dash (11.85) and ran a leg of the 4x100-meter relay team (Shanique Walker, Courtney Walker, Shadaey Campbell and Stormm Phillips) that finished third in 47.11.

Samantha Turner placed second in the discus throw, tossing 47.83m (156’ 11) while Sally Marie Futch finished sixth (39.63m, 130’ 00”).

In the 100-meter hurdles behind Shanique Walker, Tatiana Wolfe placed third in 14.12. Wolfe also earned 10th in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.60.

In the triple jump, Shanique Walker placed second with 12.17m (39’ 11.25”), Kaitlyn Taylor fifth (11.98m, 39’ 3.75”) and Tiaona Smith seventh (11.78m, 38’ 7.75”).

In the high jump, Taylor Story placed third with a leap of 1.71m (5’ 7.25) and Smith sixth (1.61m, 5’ 3.25”).

Phillips placed 11th in the javelin with a toss of 28.58m (93’ 09”), followed by Petra Munkacsy in 13th, Turner in 14th and Clark in 15th.

In the 200-meter dash, Courtney Walker placed second (23.59), Phillips seventh (24.69) and Chynna Monica Chung 12th (25.48).

Svenja Meyer earned second in the 5,000-meter run in 16:58.89 just behind Lipscomb’s winner Madelin Talbert (16:58.24). Katy Solis placed 14th (18:09.53) and Caitlin Marino 21st (19:14.01).

The 4x400-meter relay of Chung, Phillips, Shanique Walker and Courtney Walker placed second in 3:49.45.

Concluding the heptathlon, Phillips finished second of 11 with 4,840 points and Munkacsy fifth with 4,007 points. KSU’s Christie Leverette won with 4,855 points.

Phillips won both the heptathlon long jump (5.61m, 18’ 5.00”) and the heptathlon 800-meter run (2:36.98) on Saturday. Munkacsy placed fifth (5.10m, 16’ 8.75”) and third (2:39.91), respectively. In the heptathlon javelin throw, Phillips tossed to second-place (31.59m, 103’ 08”) and Munkacsy to eighth (26.45m, 86’ 09”).