SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2009
Track & field puts forth solid day at UNF Osprey Challenge
The JU track & field team continues to steadily improve as the Dolphins put forth another solid outdoor performance at the UNF Osprey Challenge on Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Dolphins won eight events, recorded three NCAA regional qualifying times and set two school records on the site that will host the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Championships on May 15.

“We have had back-to-back strong weekends,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We are showing consistency at a high level and continue to produce personal bests. Now, we must maintain this momentum through final exams and beyond until we reach the A-Sun meet.”

Senior Natasha Harvey was one of the usual table setters for the Dolphins after winning the 100-meter hurdles with a school record and regional qualifying time of 13.46 and finishing first in the long jump with a leap of 19’0.5” (5.80m).

Harvey also teamed with sophomores Danielle Davenport, Louise Kiernan and Unique Singleton to win the 4x100-meter with a blistering NCAA regional time of 45.19. The 4x1 time is the second fastest foursome in school history and currently ranks in the top-20 nationally.

The Dolphins won all three of their distance races in the meet. Freshman Amalia Vogler, the A-Sun indoor 800-meter champion, won her first outdoor 800-meter race of her career after a running a 2:14.13. In a solo effort, junior Alyssa Deal captured the 1,500-mter by more than 13 seconds of the next competitor with a time of 4:38.38. Junior Elsabeth Goshu rounded out the distance victories by running an 18:14.24 to win the 5,000-meter.

Other first place performances included Kiernan winning the 100-meter (11.96) and junior Hillary Crook topping the shot put (44’0.75” (13.43m)).

Sophomore Laura Phillips posted a school record toss of 142’0” (43.29m) to finish fourth in the hammer throw. She also placed third in the discus (132’10” (40.50m)) and fourth in the shot put (37’5.25” (11.41m)).

Sophomore J’Zotta Rolle improved on her NCAA regional qualifying mark in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 1:00.33 to finish third and freshman Stacey Young ran a personal best time of 1:03.34 to place seventh in the same event.

Singleton was the top collegiate (second overall) in the 400-meter with a time of 55.01 and placed second in the 200-meter (24.33). Kiernan took third in the 200-meter with a time of 24.38, while Davenport was fourth with a 24.83.

Rolle (14.32), Young (14.44) and junior Tiffany Bromfield finished in the next three spots behind Harvey in the 100-meter hurdles to round out the stellar day.

The Dolphins will take next week off for finals and return to action on Thursday, April 30 for the JU-UNF Duals across town.