TAMPA, Fla. – With Subtropical Storm Alberto looming closer and bringing rainy conditions on the final day of the NCAA East Preliminaries, two Dolphins represented Jacksonville University women's track and field as graduate student Stormm Phillips and junior Brittany Bowald competed in the triple jump, Saturday afternoon at USF Track and Field Stadium.
"Tough conditions out there today," stated Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Ron Grigg. "Not the results we hoped for."
The duo faced a field of 46 others and competed in the third heat – the second-best of four total heats.
Closing out a decorated career with her third appearance in the NCAA East Prelims, Phillips placed in the top 20 with a mark of 12.64 meters (41 feet, 5.75 inches). Phillips previously made the 2015 and 2016 East Prelims.
Added Grigg, "It is an appropriate time to reflect upon Stormm's career as a student-athlete. She belongs on the Mount Rushmore of JU Track and Field history. She has done it all on the track and in the classroom; she has contested just about every speed/power event in the track and on the field and has done so at a high level."
A three-time ASUN Conference Champion in the triple jump (2015, 2016, 2018), Phillips is a two-time member of the Dolphins' ASUN Champion 4x100-meter relay team (2016, 2018), and is the 2015 ASUN Champion in the heptathlon. The Valdosta, Ga. native is also a two-time ASUN Outdoor MVP (2015, 2016), and was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2015. She also holds the program record and ASUN Outdoor Championship meet record in the triple jump.
"She has won just about every award the ASUN has to offer athletically and academically. She was the Accounting Student of the Year as an undergrad and will finish her masters degree with an unblemished GPA," continued Grigg. "We are eternally grateful for her contributions."
Making her first appearance at the NCAA East Prelims, Bowald closed out the Dolphins' day at the meet with a mark of 11.67m (38 ft., 3.5 in.).
"Brittany had a breakthrough season, which she can use as a springboard for next year," Grigg said.
Bowald ranks second all-time in program history in the triple jump and is a three-time All-ASUN honoree in the event.
Both Bowald and Phillips were named to the 2018 ASUN All-Academic Team earlier this week.