Track and Field set for Pepsi Florida Relays

April 5, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU track and field team will look for more improvement as they head to the Pepsi Florida Relays on Friday in Gainesville, Fla.

"We hope to build from what we got started last weekend," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "I am looking forward to seeing the middle distance athletes compete in their specialties. I'm also anxious to see how our 4x100 and 4x400 fare."

Last time out, 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 March 31 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Ocana picked up her regional qualifier with mark of 20'03" (6.17m) to win the long jump. Her jump currently ranks first in the East Region and seventh in the NCAA.

She also won the 400-meter dash with a 54.83 to secure Atlantic Sun "Athlete of the Week" honors.

Harvey posted first place marks in the javelin (99'03"), 100-meter hurdles (13.99), 200-meter dash (25:34) and the shot put (36'11.75") to win with 4,563 points.

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

The two-day meet opens on Friday with the shot put at 1:30 p.m.