SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2009
Track & field excels at Jimmy Carnes Invitational
The JU track & field team is starting to peak at the right time as the Dolphins break two school marks and finished as the top collegian in five events at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

Senior Natasha Harvey paced the Dolphins for the second consecutive meet after winning the long jump by increasing her NCAA automatic qualifying mark with a leap of 21’4” (6.50m), while also taking the top collegian (third overall) spot in the 55-meter hurdles with a new school record time of 7.92. She finished as the top collegian in the 55-meter (7.13, third overall).

Not to be out done, junior Ronnisha Hall set the new program standard in the shot put with a toss of 48’0” (14.63m) to finish as the top collegian and second overall.

“I can't say enough about Ronnisha and Natasha's performances today,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “They continue to lead the way for us by example. We had a number of strong performances today to help us move up the A-Sun performance lists. But we did have a group that showed neither the improvement, nor consistency that is required of a championship team. We have two weeks to get everyone moving in the same direction for the championship season."

Sophomore Unique Singleton was the top collegian (fourth overall) in the 400-meter with a 58.17. She also ran a personal best in the 55-meter (7.37, ninth) and 200-meter (25.14, fourth).

Sophomore J’Zotta Rolle was the next highest JU finisher behind Harvey in the 55-meter hurdles after placing sixth with a personal best time of 8.35.

Sophomore Louise Kiernan ran well in the sprints by finishing tied for sixth in the 55-meter with a time of 7.21 and ran a 25.46 in the 200-meter to place fourth. Sophomore Stephanie Brown finished fourth in the 400-meter with a 59.59.

In the distance, freshman Amalia Vogler shinned once again by running a 2:19.51 in the 800-meter to finish second overall. Junior Ali Ritter took fourth in the 800-meter (2:22.44) before running a 5:18.84 to finish third in the mile.

Junior Alyssa Deal finished fourth in the 3,000-meter with a strong time of 10:30.88, while freshman Kelli Midden placed a runner behind her in sixth (10:44.30). Junior Elsabeth Goshu took sixth in the mile with a time of 5:20.18 to round out the JU distance group.

Along with Hall, sophomore Laura Phillips also did well in the shot put by tossing a season best 39’3.75” (11.98m) to take fifth. Hillary Crook competed unattached in the shot put and took fourth ahead of Phillips with a 43’10.5” (13.37m).

Freshman Stacey Young posted a sixth place mark in the triple jump with a leap of 35’11.25” (10.95m), while running a time of 8.40 in the 55-meter hurdles to finish seventh.

The Dolphins return to action beginning Feb. 20 when they head to Johnson City, Tenn. in search of their four consecutive conference title at the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track & Field Championships.