Track & Field Finishes Fourth At Atlantic Sun Championships

April 16, 2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Freshman Fallon Heffernan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) set a new meet record in the 3000-meter steeplechase to lead the JU women's track team to a fourth-place finish at the 2005 Atlantic Sun Championships at the Vanderbilt Track Complex. Heffernan was one of four Dolphins to win events on the weekend and take automatic bids into the NCAA East Regional in late May. Sophomore Keiona Frenche (Riverdale, Md.) won the 800-meter run with her time of 2:13.08, while sophomore Andrea Clark (Valdosta, Ga.) took first in the javelin with her toss of 134-11. Sophomore Janita Ocana (Jacksonville/Ed White) ranked first in the long jump with a leap of 19-4 1/4.

The Dolphins finished fourth for the second consecutive season, tallying 70 points. UCF won the team title in their last year in the conference, amassing 158 points. The Golden Knights also won individual awards, as Tiffany Roebuck was picked as the Most Outstanding Performer, while head coach Marcia Mansur-Wentworth received Coach-of-the-Year honors.

"Magic is what describes this meet for us," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "To beat one of the state schools is always a big accomplishment. I could not be more proud of the way our team competed today."

Heffernan smashed the old meet record set by UCF's Andrea Morrow in 2003 by over nine seconds and also bested her own school record by the same amount. Frenche's time in the 800 was her best on the season and was just .07 off the school record she set last year.

Sophomore Stephanie Jeffers (Marston Hills, Mass.) scored points in three events. She ranked second in the shot (45-4 1/2), third in the discus (138-10) and sixth in the javelin (112-0). Jeffers had previously qualified for regionals in the shot. Freshman Ashley Wicks (Truro, Nova Scotia) was the only other Dolphin to score in multiple events, taking third in the high jump (5-3) and ranking fifth in the triple jump (37-3 3/4).

JU also got points in the 400-meter dash, as sophomores Ashley Williams (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Natasha Stevenson (Haverhill, Mass.) finished fifth (56.51) and sixth (56.52), respectively. The 4x400m relay team also came in fourth with a time of 3:50.71.

The Dolphins compete in the FSU Twilight on May 7 in Tallahassee, Fla.

2005 Atlantic Sun Track & Field Championships
Vanderbilt Track Complex - Nashville, Tenn.

Final Team Results

3.Florida Atlantic89
5.Georgia State63

Individual Results
200-Meter Dash - 10. Janita Ocana, 24.63
400-Meter Dash - 5. Ashley Williams, 56.51; 6. Natasha Stevenson, 56.52
800-Meter Run - 1. Keiona Frenche, 2:13.08
1500-Meter Run - 19. Jennifer Tyler, 4:59.98
5000-Meter Run - 17. Stacey Ollar, 19:40.68
10,000-Meter Run - 8. Lindsey Moffenbier, 39:20.71; 13. Christina Bensi, 41:25.32
3000-Meter Steeplechase - 1. Fallon Heffernan, 10:49.64; 8. Rachel Garvin, 12:16.56
4x400-Meter Relay - 4. Frenche, Ocana, Stevenson, Williams, 3:50.71
High Jump - 3. Ashley Wicks, 5-3
Long Jump - 1. Janita Ocana, 19-4 1/4
Triple Jump - 5. Ashley Wicks, 37-3 3/4
Shot Put - 2. Stephanie Jeffers, 45-4 1/2; 8. Lindsay George, 37-5 1/4
Discus - 3. Stephanie Jeffers, 138-10
Javelin - 1. Andrea Clark, 134-11; 6. Stephanie Jeffers, 112-0; 9. Lindsay George, 108-1; 14. Rebecca Montz, 93.6