THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009
Track & field opens Atlantic Sun Championships on Friday
The JU track & field team looks to earn another conference outdoor title starting Friday at the Atlantic Sun Championships across town at Hodges Stadium.

Similar to the indoor campaign, the Dolphins are is search of their fourth consecutive A-Sun title after JU won its third straight championship in 2008 with an astounding 170-point tally.

With the meet in Jacksonville, this is also the closet the Dolphins have had to travel for a conference championship. The last time JU competed close to home was in 2006 when they traveled to Clermont, Fla. for the beginning of this current championship winning run.

“The team has set lofty goals for themselves and they are ready to go both mentally and physically,” JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We are incredibly excited to have a chance to perform in front of many supporters who have yet to see us compete. With the way the events are ordered, we know we will be in second or third place after day 1 probably about 20 points behind. We look forward to having a strong Saturday, gaining momentum as the meet progresses, and contending for a team championship.”

Junior Tiffany Bromfield and freshman Stacey Young will open the meet on Friday with the heptathlon at 9 a.m. before finishing the final portions of the event on Saturday morning. Bromfield and Young placed first and second, respectively, in the pentathlon at the indoor championships to get the Dolphins off to a good start.

In the afternoon session, sophomore Laura Phillips along with junior Hillary Crook and freshman Cathy Agoris is scheduled to compete in the hammer throw at 4 p.m. Crook, Bromfield and Phillips are the top three seeds for the shot put, which is set for 6 p.m.

Senior Natasha Harvey tries for her third consecutive long jump title starting at 7 p.m. before racing over to join sophomore Louise Kiernan in the 100-meter preliminaries. The finals for the 100-meter dash is set for Saturday at 6:50 p.m.

The Dolphins close out Friday’s schedule at 7:40 p.m. with junior Elsabeth Goshu running in the 10,000-meter.

On Saturday, Harvey and Young open the afternoon session with the triple jump at 3:30 p.m. Harvey won this event at the indoor meet and comes in as the top seed after producing a leap 39’11.25” at the JU-UNF Duals.

Phillips, Crook and Agoris will also compete in the discus throw during the same time as the triple jump. The trio will be joined by Bromfield to wrap up the throwing events with the javelin at 7 p.m.

Freshman Susanne Klungtveit runs in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 5:15 p.m., while the Dolphins are scheduled to race in the 4x100-meter relay less than 15 minutes later.

Juniors Alyssa Deal and Ali Ritter will compete in the 1,500-meter run at 5:50 p.m. Ritter and Deal join freshman Amalia Vogler and junior Tiffanie Saxton for the 800-meter at 7:05 p.m., while Goshu and Klungtveit round out the distance events with the 5,000-meter at 8:15 p.m.

In the sprints, Harvey is set to run alongside Young, Bromfield and sophomore J’Zotta Rolle in the 100-meter hurdles at 6:15 p.m. Harvey posted a school-record time of 13:46 in this event at the UNF Osprey Challenge on April 18 to come in as the top seed.

Rolle and Young are scheduled to compete in the 400-meter hurdles at 7:25 p.m.

Sophomores Unique Singleton and Danielle Davenport enter the 400-meter dash at 6:35 p.m. Singleton will also race against Harvey and Kiernan in the 200-meter at 7:45 p.m., while the Dolphins will end the meet with the 4x400-meter relay at 8:45 p.m.

Fans can download the start times and who is competing in every event by clicking on the links at the top of the story. If fans can’t make it to the meet, they can follow it online with live results on http://www.cfpitiming.com/ or by logging onto the championship page at atlanticsun.org.