FRIDAY, APRIL 03, 2009
Track & field complies good marks at Pepsi Florida Relays
Junior Alyssa Deal established a new school record in the 1,500-meter run, while senior Natasha Harvey had two NCAA regional qualifying marks to lead the JU track & field team at the 65th-annual Pepsi Florida Relays on Friday in Gainesville, Fla.

Deal ran a time of 4:35.75 to place 12th in the event for the Dolphins. Her time passes Robyn Wilson, who held the record for more than 13 seasons with the time of 4:37.55 (3/29/96).

Harvey qualified for the NCAA regionals in the long jump for the fourth consecutive season with a leap of 20’2.5” (6.16m) to finish in third place. She closed the meet with a regional qualifying time of 13.73 in the 100-meter hurdles to place 11th.

“We had some good accomplishments in the meet today,” said JU head Ron Grigg. “We had two regional qualifying marks, a new school record and our freshmen ran well in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on the first day. Overall, it was a great way to start the meet and I hope for more of this as the season progresses.”

In the 3000-meter steeplechase, freshman Susanne Klungtveit performed well for the Dolphins after running an 11:25.41 to take 10th place. Freshman Kelli Midden finished 14th in the same event with a time of 11:59.74.

Sophomore J’Zotta Rolle ran a time of 1:01.49 to finish 16th in the 400-meter hurdles for the Dolphins, while junior Tiffany Bromfield ran a 15.04 in the 100-meter hurdles.

The Dolphins also got a peak into the future as Joanne Pierre, a 2009 signee for JU, won the high school 1,600-meter for Immokallee with a time of 5:01.26, which currently leads the state of Florida rankings.

Junior Elsabeth Goshu will round out the meet for the Dolphins on Saturday by competing in the 5,000-meter run at 4:30 p.m. Fans can keep up with the meet by logging onto to gatorzone.com or through live results on halfmiletiming.com.