Track & field competes at inaugural JU-UNF Duals on Thursday
After finishing up the semester last week, the JU track & field team returns to action on Thursday with the inaugural JU-UNF Duals across town at Hodges Stadium starting at 3 p.m.

This meet will start a new annual tradition with the two rival schools, which are not in direct competition with each other until the Atlantic Sun Championships each season.

The duals open with the hammer throw and run throughout the evening until the 4x400-meter relay closes out the day at 6:45 p.m.

The scoring format for the meet will keep things close as only two athletes per team can score from the event, on a five down to one points system. The scoring for the relay goes from five down to three.

“I am incredibly excited to start what I hope becomes a long tradition,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “JU and UNF have a friendly, but competitive, rivalry in both cross country and track and field. The dual meet format will ensure a close score. It gives us an opportunity to turn up our emotional intensity as we approach the championship season. We also get another chance to run on a very fast facility and improve upon our season’s bests.”

In JU’s last meet, the Dolphins won eight events, recorded three NCAA regional qualifying times and set two school records to close out the UNF Osprey Challenge on April 18.

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, while 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.

With the A-Sun meet less than two weeks away, JU is starting to its peak at the right time as the Dolphins have racked up 15 first-place finishes, six NCAA regional qualifying times, and three school records in the last two meets.