THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009
Track & field wins inaugural JU-UNF Duals
The JU track & field team put forth its third consecutive good performance to down cross-town rival North Florida, 107-87, on Thursday afternoon in the inaugural JU-UNF Duals at Hodges Stadium.

The Dolphins finished either first or second in 15 of 20 events to take the event in their final meet before the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Championships, on the same site, in less than two weeks.

“We are appreciative of the staff and administration at UNF for hosting the duals meet on its world class facility,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We hope to be able to return the favor next year. Our team also was thrilled to have so many people from JU come to support us. We don’t normally get the chance to compete in Jacksonville so it was great to have some of our fans there.

“We got the win, and did so by a solid margin winning 13 of 19 events, for that I am grateful. But I was a little surprised that we didn’t have more good performances. We’ll need to evaluate why that was the case.

“Laura Phillips broke her own school record in the hammer by more than 10 feet then she threw well in the shot and had a personal best in the discus. Laura showed a competitiveness that will be required for her to continue to improve. Natasha Harvey had four wins and three regional qualifiers. Her 200 and long jump both into strong head winds were very impressive. I was proud of Alyssa Deal’s 3k. The early pace was conservative and she really ran a strong last thousand meters to produce a respectable time.

“J’Zotta Rolle won both hurdle events and Unique Singleton ran a nice 400 especially considering it was less than 20 minutes after the 4 x 100 relay.”

Despite battling winds, senior Natasha Harvey paved the way for the Dolphins by winning four events, including recording three NCAA regional qualifying marks.

Harvey posted regional qualifying times to win the long jump (20’6.5” 6.26m) and the 200-meter (23.85). She also combined with sophomore Danielle Davenport, Louise Kiernan and Unique Singleton to take first in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 45.33. Harvey placed first in the triple jump with a leap of 39’11.25” (12.17m) to round out her day.

Singleton won the 400-meter with a time of 54.89, less than 20 minutes after she competed in the 4x100-meter relay.

Sophomore Laura Phillips broke her own school record in the hammer throw by more than 10 feet with a toss of 152’10” (46.60m) to win the event. She also won the discus with a throw of 139’3 (42.46m) and finished second in the shot put (39’3.25” (11.97m)) to finish the day.

Kiernan opened the sprints by winning the 100-meter with a time of 11.92, while Rolle took first in the 100-meter hurdles (14.49) and 400-meter hurdles (1:01.79).

Other first place performances included junior Alyssa Deal’s good pace to win the 3,000-meter with a time of 10:05.12. Freshman Amalia Vogler won her second consecutive 800-meter by running a time of 2:17.86 and junior Hillary Crook took first in the shot put with a 44’8” (13.61m).

Crook also took second in the hammer (128’3” (39.11m)) and javelin throws (86’1” (26.26m)). Freshman Stacey Young was second in both the triple jump (36’6.75” (11.14m)) and 400-meter hurdles (1:03.30) to add to the Dolphins’ strong performance.

The Dolphins will now spend the next two weeks training in preparations to try to win their fourth consecutive A-Sun outdoor title at the conference meet that starts on May 15.