Assinzo, Schmalz Collect Wins In Outdoor Season-Opener

Assinzo, Schmalz Collect Wins In Outdoor Season-Opener

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jacksonville women's track & field opened the 2017 outdoor season with two event wins and three second-place finishes at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge, Saturday.

"It was a nice opener," said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Ron Grigg. "Most people should be happy with how their season has begun, while still knowing there is much more ahead. I think we are on the correct trajectory towards championship season personal bests."

 The sophomore duo of Mary Jeanne Assinzo and Lyric Schmalz gave the Dolphins two event wins at the meet. Assinzo set a new personal best in the 800-meter run in 2:10.91, while Schmalz beat out the competition in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:02.19. In the 100-meter hurdles, Schmalz added a fifth-place finish in 14.63.

Caitlin Marino added a new PR in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to slide up to third on the Dolphins' all-time list with a speedy 10:55.12 in the event. Marino's previous personal best of 11:28.85 ranked fifth-quickest in program history.

Jacquelyn Baldwin, Brittany Bowald, and Samantha Turner added a trio of runner-up finishes at the meet.

Baldwin placed second in the 100-meter dash in 11.76 and Bowald was an inch and a half shy of the first place mark in the triple jump with a leap of 12.08 meters (39 feet, 7.75 inches). Turner added a silver medal finish in the discus throw with a toss of 47.53m (155 ft., 11 in.).

In the circle, Noelle Parker (13.71m/43 ft., 11.75 in.) and Turner (13.27m/43 ft., 6.5 in.) finished 4-5 in the shot put. Parker added a 13th-place finish in the discus with a toss of 34.42m (112 ft., 11 in.).

Dual-sport athlete Amarrah Cooks placed fifth in the high jump with a height of 1.63m (5 ft., 4.25 in.).

Victoria Guerra added a personal best in the 100-meter dash in 12.50 to finish sixth overall.

The Dolphins return to the River City on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 for the UNF Spring Break Invitational.