Track and Field finishes on high note at FSU relays

March 31, 2007

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Senior Janita Ocana qualified for the NCAA regionals in the long jump, while sophomore Natasha Harvey won her first heptathlon to help the JU track and field team complete a stellar day at the FSU relays on Friday night in Tallahassee, Fla.

"Janita looked good today and will only get better as the season goes on," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "Tasha saw her NCAA qualifier slip away with some mistakes in the long jump, but she showed her competitiveness by coming back with a personal best in the javelin to claim first place in the overall event. Also the 4x8 ran nicely and I was pleased with Janel Grooms leading off at 2:15 in her first-ever attempt at the distance.

"Overall, this meet is gives us an idea of where we are with our training and what we need to accomplish as we move through our outdoor schedule in preparation for the Atlantic Sun and Regional Championships."

Ocana picked up her regional qualifier with mark of 20'03" (6.17m) to win the long jump. She also won the 400-meter dash with 54.83 to finish her day.

Harvey took first in the javelin with a personal-best 99'03"and finished second in the 800-meter dash (2:31.91) to win the heptathlon with 4,563 points.

On Thursday, Harvey posted first-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles (13.99), 200-meter dash (25:34) and shot put (36'11.75") en route to winning the overall points lead..

Janel Grooms, Alison Ritter, Alyssa Deal and Tiffanie Saxton ran a time of 9:18.77 to help JU win the 4x800 meter relay.

Deal later finished 10th in the 5,000 meter run with an 18:36.48, while senior Lindsey Moffenbier ran 38:30.05 during the 10,000 meter run to rank sixth in her first action of the season.

Other top JU performers were Simone Clark, who placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.19. Sophomore Shaquania Lundy took eighth in the long jump (17'9.50") and senior Lindsay George recorded a throw of 114'01" in the javelin to also finish eighth. Freshman Tiffany Bromfield finished seventh (4,060 points) in the heptathlon, while Emelie Arvidsson (3,606 points) took ninth in the same event.

The Dolphins are back in action on April 6 when they travel to Gainesville, Fla. for the Florida Relays.