THURSDAY, MARCH 05, 2009
Track & Field begins outdoor season at UNF Spring Break Open on Friday
Fresh off its fourth consecutive conference indoor title, the JU track & field team begins the outdoor schedule across town at the UNF Spring Break Open on Friday.

This is the first of four meets at Hodges Stadium on the UNF campus, including the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Championships on May 15-16.

Like the indoor campaign, the Dolphins will be vying for their fourth consecutive A-Sun outdoor title after posting 170 points to win the championship last season.

“We are very excited for this competition,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Although it is very early in the outdoor season, this is the first time in many years we have been able to compete close to home.

“The facility is world class and the weather should be ideal, so good performances are expected. There are some events unique to outdoor track that we are excited to contest such as the 4x100m relay, the discus, the javelin, the hammer throw and the 400-meter hurdles. We feel all of these events are strong suits for us.”

In JU’s last meet, the Dolphins posted 171 points en route to winning the A-Sun Indoor Championship on Feb. 21 in Johnson City, Tenn. The final tally was the most since the indoor meet started in 2006 and more than 62 points higher than second place finisher, Kennesaw State.

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 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).

For her efforts, Harvey earned “Most Valuable Performer,”“Most Outstanding Track Performer” and “Most Outstanding Field Performer” accolades.

Freshman Stacey Young was named “Most Outstanding Freshman Performer” after 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 third.