SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2009
Track & field wins fourth consecutive Atlantic Sun Indoor Title
The JU track & field team turned it up more than a notch to blow past the competition to win its fourth consecutive Atlantic Sun Indoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday afternoon in Johnson City, Tenn.
Leading by only four after the first day, the Dolphins exploded for 112 points on Saturday en route to a 171 point final tally, which is their highest total since the indoor meet began in 2006. Kennesaw State, who pressed JU on Friday, finished in second place with 109 points, while host East Tennessee State took with 84 final points.
JU’s dominance included winning 10 of the 17 total events, producing 17 all-conference performances, setting six conference marks, breaking or tying seven schools records and averaging more than 10 points per event.
Senior Natasha Harvey swept most of the individual awards after winning “Most Valuable Performer,”“Most Outstanding Track Performer” and “Most Outstanding Field Performer” accolades. Freshman Stacey Young also shined en route to earning “Most Outstanding Freshman Performer,” while head coach Ron Grigg was named “Coach of the Year” for the fourth straight time.
“I can't say enough about this team,” said JU head Coach Ron Grigg. “Their accomplishments should be recognized and savored because they had a near perfect meet. To set this many records, win this many events, score this many points, and be honored with this many individual awards is a little overwhelming. I am both extremely proud and grateful to be associated with each member of this program.”
Harvey was one of JU’s table setters as championship marks and school records fell during first place finishes in the 60-meter hurdles (8.55) and long jump (21’8” (6.60m)). She also placed first in the 60-meter (7.54) and triple jump (40’0.5” (12.20m)), while taking fifth in the 200-meter dash (24.59).
Young also had an impressive meet by tallying 3,325 points in the pentathlon for a second place finish, running a time of 8.91 in the 60-meter hurdle finals to take third place and leaping 37’4” (11.38) in the triple jump to place fourth.
Junior Ronnisha Hall nearly took “Most Outstanding Field Performer” away from Harvey after posting championship records in winning the shot put (45’10.75” (13.99m)) and weight throw (59’11” (18.26m)). The weight throw also broke Hall’s school record mark she set to open the indoor season.
Sophomores Stephanie Brown, J’Zotta Rolle, Unique Singleton and Danielle Davenport ran a new program standard time of 3:47.22 in the 4x400-meter relay to finish in second place, while junior Alyssa Deal tallied a new school record in the mile with a time of 4:59.75 to take second as well.
Singleton also finished first place in the 400-meter with a time of 55.91, while freshman Amaila Vogler ran a time of 2:17.21 to take the top spot in the 400-meter to round out JU’s first place finishes on Saturday.
Other top performances included sophomore Louise Kiernan, who finished third in the 60 (7.61) and 200-meters (24.54), respectively. Sophomore Laura Phillips tossed a 50’0” (15.24m) to place fourth in the shot put and Rolle placed fifth in the 60-meter with a time of 9.19. In the distance, junior Ali Ritter was sixth in the mile (5:13.23), while junior Elsabeth Goshu placed sixth in the 5,000-meter (18:16.80).
On Friday, junior Tiffany Bromfield got the Dolphins out on the right foot by winning the pentathlon with a championship record 3,437 points. She won the pentathlon behind a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles (8.99) and school record in the high jump (5’4.25” (1.63m)).
Bromfield later finished the meet with a time of 9.06 to finish fourth in the 60-meter hurdles.
The Dolphins posted five of their six championships records on the first day, including the Distance Medley Relay time of 12:03.73 posted by Ritter, Brown, Vogler and Deal.
JU will now turn its focus to the outdoor season as the Dolphins make a march towards their four straight A-Sun outdoor title beginning with the UNF Spring Break Open in Jacksonville, Fla. on March 6.
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