SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2009
Track & field has stellar day at Seminole Invitational
With the A-Sun Championships less than five weeks away, the JU track & field team turned it up a notch with a stellar day at the Seminole Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Dolphins won seven events, posted three NCAA regional qualifiers, improved on one school record and shattered several personal bests to close out the two-day meet.

“Overall, we had a great day,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “All most everybody had a lifetime best or won an event. It bodes well for us as we move closer to the conference championships in May.”

Senior Natasha Harvey won the 100-meter hurdles with an NCAA regional qualifying time of 13.47, which also betters her school record mark in the event.

Harvey along with sophomores Danielle Davenport, Louise Kiernan and Unique Singleton had a regional qualifying time of 45.57 to win the 4x100-meter relay. Singleton also ran a regional qualifying time of 54.33 to take the top spot in the 400-meter.

Other first place marks included sophomore J’Zotta Rolle in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.71) and Kiernan in the 100-meter (11.84).

Harvey posted a time of 11.88 to place fourth in the 100-meter, while Kiernan took fourth in the 200-meter by running a 24.44 to finish their day.

After winning the discus on Friday, sophomore Laura Phillips had a personal best toss of 41’0” (12.75m) to place fifth in the shot put. Junior Hillary Crook placed the Dolphins in the event with a personal best of 45’08” (13.92m) to finish second. Junior Tiffany Bromfield took fourth with a new lifetime high of 42’4.75” (12.92m).

Junior Alyssa Deal ran a personal best time of 2:14.92 to finish second in the 800-meter, while freshman Susanne Klungtveit had a personal high in the 1500-meter with a time of 4:45.96 (3rd).

Davenport finished third with a career best time of 56.24 in the 400-meter and freshman Stacey Young took third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.27 to round out JU’s personal bests on the day.

The Dolphins return to the track on April 18 to compete in two meets in the same day. Half of the team will head across town for the UNF Relays, while the other half of the squad will travel to Baton Rouge, La. for the prestigious LSU Alumni Gold.