THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009
Track & field readies for A-Sun Indoor Championships starting Friday
After two weeks of training, the JU track and field team is ready to put together its best performances of the season at the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track & Field Championships starting on Friday in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Dolphins look for their fourth consecutive indoor title after winning every indoor meet since it was introduced in 2006.

“We feel we are bringing a balanced and talented team to this year’s championship,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Each member of the team knows that they have the ability to be a significant contributor. We are very excited to get the meet started.”

In 2008, JU claimed its third title by posting the program’s largest point tally (157), while also securing its largest margin of victory at 74 points.

The Dolphins earned 16 all-conference honors, boasted six conference champions and set three meet records. Natasha Harvey won JU’s third straight “Most Outstanding Field Performer” accolades, while Grigg earned his third “Coach of the Year” honors.

In JU’s last meet on Feb. 7, the Dolphins began to show signs of peaking at the right time as they broke two school marks and finished as the top collegian in five events at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

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

For her efforts, she was named A-Sun “Athlete of the Week” on Feb. 11 for the second time in less than two weeks and sixth time overall in her JU career.

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

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

Fan can follow along during the indoor championship with live results on http://www.cfpitiming.com starting at 8:30 a.m. with the women’s pentathlon.