FRIDAY, MARCH 06, 2009
Track & field fares well in first day at UNF Spring Break Open
The JU track & field team produced some good early season marks to open the outdoor campaign at the UNF Spring Break Open on Friday.

Senior Natasha Harvey won the long jump, while also assisting the Dolphins in winning the 4X100-meter relay. JU also had all five of its sprinters qualify for the finals of either 100-meter event and saw good performances out of the throwers.

“I was really happy with the work we got done today,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “The 4x100 relay had an excellent start by winning and only missed the regional mark by 1/100th of a second. I thought Louise Kiernan, J’Zotta Rolle and Ali Ritter all exceeded expectations. The throwers had a long day and produced some solid early season marks. I hope tomorrow can be as fruitful.”

Harvey along with sophomores Danielle Davenport, Unique Singleton and Louise Kiernan ran a time of 45.71 to win the 4X100-meter relay in their first try this season.

Harvey won the long jump without using her full approach by producing a leap a 19’3.5” (5.88m). Harvey used only three jumps because she is in final preparations to complete in the long jump next week at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

In the sprints, sophomore J’Zotta Rolle ran a time of 14.31 to finish first in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles. Junior Tiffany Bromfield also qualified for the finals with a time of 14.71 to place fifth, while freshman Stacey Young finished sixth by running a 14.78.

Kiernan qualified for the finals of the 100-meter dash by running an 11.82 to place second. Singleton ran a time of 12.42 to take ninth in the 100-meter and make the finals like Kiernan.

In the distance, Ritter placed sixth in the 5000-meter with a time of 18:26.13, while sophomore Stephanie Brown took eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.42. Junior Tiffanie Saxton ran a 2:25.59 (15th) in the 800-meter to round out the JU runners.

Sophomore Laura Phillips tossed a 128’6.25” (39.17m) to take seventh in the hammer throw and Cathy Agoris placed 13th with a mark of 111’9” (34.06m) in their first work of the season.

The Dolphins wrap up the meet on Saturday at Hodges Stadium starting at noon. Fans can keep through live stats by logging onto halfmiletiming.com.