FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009
Track & field signs two athletes for the 2009-10 season
Like a fine wine, the JU track & field team continues to get better as the Dolphins announce the signing for Joane Pierre (Immokalee, Fla.) and Charlene Charles (Creteil, France) for the 2009-10 season.

Pierre, currently a senior at Immokalee High School, will help add depth to the Dolphins’ distance group starting next fall and Charles is expected to help strengthen JU’s tradition of strong combined event athletes.

“The continued development and successes of our team are attracting quality prospects to our program,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Joane and Charlene will be impact players the moment they step on campus and will become key components for our future success.”

During the cross country season, Pierre finished second at the 2008 2A State Championships with a time of 18:13 and placed 30th at the Footlocker South Regional by running an 18:17. Other personal bests from the 2008 track season included a time of 5:02.79 in the 1600-meter and an 11:14.03 in the 3200-meter.

“Coach Martinez at Immokalee High School has done a great job of developing Joane appropriately,” said Grigg. “She always has her best performances around championship time. Joane has a tremendous upside and posses great range. While she is naturally gifted with speed, I think the 5k and perhaps 10k will be her best events collegiately.”

Charles has posted personal bests of 3,717 in the pentathlon, 4,824 in the heptathlon, 19’4.5 in the long jump and 5’6.5” in the high jump. She has also posted a personal best time of 14.20 in the 100-meter hurdles and a 12.01 in the 100-meter.

“Charlene has already exceeded the NCAA provisional qualifying standard for the indoor pentathlon,” said Grigg. “Her versatility in the sprints, hurdles and jumps will add to our tradition of strong combined event athletes who can help the team in many ways at the conference meet.”

The current 2009 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.