This Week in Jacksonville University Athletics

Jan. 15, 2007


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In this week's edition, we look back at the JU programs wins over North Florida and sophomore Natasha Harvey making an sensational long jump to start the 2007 season.


Men's Basketball

The Dolphins have won three of their last four games after picking up a crucial Atlantic Sun Conference victory over crosstown rival North Florida on Jan. 9.

In front of a UNF school-record 3,758 fans, the Dolphins (7-9, 3-3 A-Sun) came away with a 64-60 win and gained another point in the SunTrust River City Rumble standings.

Senior Jesse Kimbrough hit a late 28-foot three pointer to spoil the Ospreys' chances on an upset. He finished the game with 16 points, while Corey Claitt added 10 points six rebounds and three steals to help the Dolphins cause.

On Jan. 13, JU fell at Kennesaw State, 83-76, in the first game of their two-game road trip.

The Dolphins had three players in double figures, led by Kimbrough and Lehmon Colbert with 17 points, with Colbert getting a team-high seven rebounds.

The Dolphins play tonight at 7 p.m. against East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tenn. JU returns home on Thursday to take on Mercer at 7 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium. They finish the week with Stetson at Swisher on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

Women's Basketball

Three Dolphins scored in double figures and the squad shot 52 percent from the floor as the JU women's basketball team won its fourth consecutive game with a 56-42 victory over North Florida in the SunTrust River City Rumble, on Jan. 13 at Swisher Gymnasium.

JU (9-6, 3-2 A-Sun), which is now a program-best 7-1 at home, has now tallied a pair of four-game winning streaks in the same season for the first time in program history.

Ashley Williams finished with a game-high 21 points and sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire added 14 points with a game-high eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Regina Omoite also tallied 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor, including a 3-for-4 effort from beyond the arc.

The Dolphins travel to face A-Sun foe Kennesaw State on Thursday at 7 p.m. They wrap up the road trip againist East Tennessee State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Women's Track & Field

Sophomore Natasha Harvey recorded the nation's second leading long jump to help the JU track and field team start the 2007 indoor season on a high note at the Florida Intercollegiate on Jan. 13.

In her first long jump event since 2006 World Junior Championships, Harvey was the top collegian (second overall) with her provisional qualifying mark of 20'9". She also ran time of 8.16 to finish sixth in the 55-meter hurdles and recorded a peasonal-best throw of 38'3.5" in the shot put to place 13th to finish the day.

Senior Janita Ocana, a Jacksonville native, helped produced three of the Dolphins' top five finishes at the O'Connell Center.

She placed fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.98 and took eighth in the 55-meter dash with 7.17. In the long jump, Ocana recorded a mark of 19'4" (5.89m) to finish fifth.

The Dolphins are back in action on Friday as they travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete in the Razorback Invitational.

Women's & Men's Tennis

The women's & men's tennis teams open the 2007 season this weekend uder second-year head coach Jarod Camerota.

The women open the season on Saturday at the FSU Quad Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla., while the men begin against Florida Atlantic on Sunday in Boca Raton, Fla. at noon.