SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009
Track & field begins season with good results at Tom Jones Memorial Classic
The JU track & field team broke three school records and set four personal bests to open the indoor season with good results at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

Juniors Alyssa Deal and Ronnisha Hall as well as freshman Amaila Vogler each set a school record, while senor Natasha Harvey qualified for NCAA Indoor Championships in the long jump for the third consecutive season to help lead JU on the day.

“Overall, this was a great team performance,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We broke school records and set personal bests, which was a good way to start the indoor season and will bode well for us as we move towards the A-Sun Championship. In the end, we have to make sure everyone is responsible for their own individual performances if we want to realize our full potential as a team.”

Harvey opened the long jump competition with NCAA qualifying leap of a 20’11.75” (6.39m). This mark didn’t stand for long as her third jump went for 21’0.5” (6.41m) to place as the top collegian (second overall). Harvey would also later post a personal best time of 8.02 to qualify for the finals of the 55-meter hurdles.

Hall, a former junior college All-America honoree, broke the school record in the weight throw with a toss of 59’6.75” (18.15m) to take first place in her first meet at JU. Her first place finish also marked the first time in six seasons that a member of the Florida track & field team didn’t earn the top spot.

In the shot put, Hall recorded throws of more than 44-feet en route to a fourth place tally with a toss of 44’6.25” (13.57m).

Vogler also shined in her first collegiate meet with the Dolphins by taking third in the 800-meters with a school record time of 2:13.75.

Junior Alyssa Deal rounded out the school record marks with a new program-best time of 5:02.03 in the mile to finish seventh. Deal later ran a 2:21.22 to place 11th in the 800-meters.

Like Hall, junior Tiffany Bromfield also fared well in the shot put by placing seventh with a personal best throw of 41’0.5” (12.51m). She posted a personal best in the 55-meter hurdles preliminaries with a time of 8.43.

Freshman Stacey Young mirrored Harvey by producing a good leap in the triple jump with a 37’7.75” to take sixth in her first meet with the Dolphins.

In the sprints, sophomore Louise Kiernan showed promise as she led the Dolphins in the 200-meters by running a 24.98 (11th) and finished with a time of 7.21 (28th) in the 55-meter dash. Sophomore Unique Singleton took 11th in the 400-meters with a time of 57.48 before finishing with a 25.38 (16th) in the 200-meters. Sophomore J’Zotta Rolle ran a time of 59.48 in the 200-meters to round out the JU sprinters.

Junior Ali Ritter followed Deal with in the mile with a mark of 5:17.67 (14th), while junior Elsabeth Goshu placed eighth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:33.12 in her first action since the NCAA South Regional Championships in November.

Ritter and Deal would also combine with sophomore Danielle Davenport and freshman Kelli Midden to post a time of 12:56.75 in the Distance Medley Relay to take second place.

The Dolphins will go back to training for the next two weeks before returning to Gainesville, Fla. for the Jimmy Carnes Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 7.