FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2009
Track & field readies for Jimmy Carnes Invitational on Saturday
After spending the last two weeks training, the JU track & field team will compete in the Jimmy Carnes Invitational on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

This is the final regular-season tune up for the Dolphins before heading to the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track & Championships in Johnson City, Tenn. to battle for their fourth consecutive conference title beginning on Feb. 20.

“We had a great meet last time out at the same venue,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “This weekend’s goals are to show improvement in our last competition before the A-Sun conference championships.”

In the last meet, the Dolphins broke three school records and set several personal bests at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic on Jan. 24.

Senior Natasha Harvey finished as the top collegian (second overall) in the long jump with an NCAA automatic qualifying leap of 21’0.5” (6.41m) and had a personal best time of 8.02 in the 55-meter hurdles, which earned her A-Sun “Athlete of the Week” honors.

Junior Ronnisha 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 JU debut. 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 and unofficially was more than six feet better than the current A-Sun championship record.

Freshman Amaila Vogler also shined in her first collegiate meet with the Dolphins by taking third in the 800-meter with a school record time of 2:13.75, while junior Alyssa Deal set a new program standard in the mile by running a 5:02.03 (7th).

Junior Tiffany Bromfield rounded out the day with new personal bests in the shot put (41’0.5” (12.51m)) and 55-meter hurdles (8.43).

The first event on Saturday will take place at 11 a.m. and fans can follow along with live results on halfmiletiming.com.