THURSDAY, APRIL 02, 2009
Track & field to compete at the Pepsi Florida Relays on Friday
The JU track & field team will compete for the first time in a month when the Dolphins head to Gainesville, Fla. on Friday for the 65th annual Pepsi Florida Relays.

On March 27, JU was scheduled to participate at the FSU Relays, but the severe thunderstorms from last weekend force them to exit the meet early.

The Dolphins will be hitting the track in Gainesville, Fla. for the first time since opening the season at the UNF Spring Break on March 6.

“The Florida Relays is a prestigious meet with an excellent quality of competition,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “This kind of environment provides the opportunity to produce some great results and that is our expectation.”

The Dolphins are one of 58 teams competing in the relays this weekend lead by No. 4 University of Tennessee, who won the NCAA Indoor Track National Championship less than month ago.

The Florida Relays first began nearly 75 years ago in 1939 with the help of the Gators' legendary head track and field coach Percy Beard, whose name bears the current facility. Since that first meet 68 years ago, the Pepsi Florida Relays have grown in epic proportions from the small regional competitions to one of the nation's premier track and field meets.

The event opens on Friday with the 1,500-meter run starting at 11:30 p.m. Fans can keep up with all the action by though the gatorzone.com or with the live results on halfmiletiming.com.

Junior Alyssa Deal is scheduled to represent the Dolphins in the 1,500-meter to open the meet. Senior Natasha Harvey and junior Tiffany Bromfield will be running in the 100-meter hurdles, while sophomore J’Zotta Rolle is competing in the 400-meter hurdles. Harvey is also is scheduled to participate in the long jump.

Sophomore Susanne Klungtveit and freshman Kelli Midden is running 3,000-meter steeplechase, while junior Elsabeth Goshu will compete in the 5,000-meter run to round out the meet for the Dolphins.

In JU’s lone outdoor meet of the season, Rolle paced the Dolphins by winning the 400-meter hurdles with a NCAA regional qualifying time of 1:00.77 and placing first in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles (14.31) en route to Atlantic Sun “Athlete of the Week” honors on March 25.

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 attempt this season.

In the sprints, Kiernan qualified for the finals of the 100-meter dash by running an 11.82 to place second.

Singleton totaled a time of 12.42 to take ninth in the 100-meter to make the finals with Kiernan and battled head winds in the 200-meter to run time of 25.10 to place fourth.

JU throwers also had a good meet as sophomore Laura Phillips tossed a 128’6.25” (39.17m) to take seventh in the hammer and Cathy Agoris placed 13th with a mark of 111’9” (34.06m).