Track and Field leads the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track and Field Championships

Feb. 16, 2007

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Senior Janita Ocana broke the long jumping record, while sophomore Simone Clark won the women's indoor pentathlon to help JU track and field team gain the overall lead after the first day of the competition at the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Dolphins, who won the inaugural indoor title in 2006, recorded 62 team points to take the top spot, while cross-town rival North Florida is in second place with 32.5 points.

"We had a great first day," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "We had several good performances. Our team has to keep the same focus we did today so we can complete the task at hand."

Ocana, the reigning A-Sun "Most Outstanding Track Performer," broke the conference record in the long jump with a tally of 19'06.75". Fellow teammate, Natasha Harvey finished second in the event with jump of 19'05.5".

Clark, Tiffany Bromfield and Emelie Arvidsson finished in the top three spots of the women's indoor pentathlon to set the tone for JU in the team standings.

Clark was the overall champion with 3,171 points after placing first in the 60-meter hurdles (9.02), second in the long jump (16'04.25") and fourth in the shot put with a mark of 4'11.75". She also took third in the high jump (4'11.75") and 800-meter dash (2:37.23).

Bromfield was less than 30 points behind Clark in second place (3,141) by taking first in the shot put with a throw of 36'07.5". She also finished second in the 60-meter hurdles (9.10) and high jump (5'01").

Arvidsson won the high jump with a tally of 5'03.25" and placed second in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:32.25 to finish in third place for the pentathlon.

Ocana, Alison Ritter, Tiffanie Saxton and Alyssa Deal anchored the Dolphins' winning the Distance Medley squad with a 12:19.52.

Hillary Crook finished second in the shot out with 41'01.50", while senior Lindsay George took third in the same event with 40'08.25" to round out the Dolphins' day.

The Dolphins will continue to fight for their second A-Sun Indoor Track and Field Championship in the final day of competition Saturday in Johnson City, Tenn.