FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009
Track & field in second place after first day of Atlantic Sun Championships
Senior Natasha Harvey won the long jump and finished first in 100-meter preliminaries to help put the JU track & field team in second place after the first day of competition at the Atlantic Sun Championships in Jacksonville, Fla.

Harvey won the long jump for the fourth consecutive year with a leap of 20’8” (6.30m) and ran a NCAA regional qualifying time of 11.72 to earn a spot for Saturday’s final of the 100-meter.

Kennesaw State leads the field with 61 points, while the Dolphins trail in second with 36 total points following the first day of competition and host North Florida (26) takes the third spot. East Tennessee State (12) and Campbell (10) make up the rest of the top five.

“We scored more points than I anticipated today,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We had some really strong individual performances in the hammer throw, 100-meter and 10,000-meter. Our team is position to have some good results tomorrow.

“I have to give huge credit to Kennesaw State. Like the indoor meet, they put forth a great day and have forced the pressure on us to do well on the final day again.”

Junior Hillary Crook won the shot put with a toss of 44’6.25” (13.57m), while sophomore Louise Kiernan also qualified for the 100-meter by running a time of 11.76 to finish in second place behind Harvey.

In the 10,000-meter, junior Elsabeth Goshu ran a time of 38:30.04 to place fourth.

Sophomore Laura Phillips had another school record in the hammer with a toss of 158’9” (48.40m) to place third and finished fifth in the shot put (40’3.5” (12.28m)) to round out her day.

Junior Tiffany Bromfield, who leads the heptathlon standings, placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 40’8.25” (12.40m).

Earlier in the day, Bromfield took the top spot of the heptathlon leader board with 2,963 points after winning two of the four events. She finished first in the shot put with a meet record toss of 41’11.25” (12.78m) and won the high jump with a school record leap of 5’4.5” (1.64m).

Freshman Stacey Young is in a close second in the heptathlon with 2,695 points after winning the 100-meter hurdles (14.53) and placing second in the 200-meter dash (26.71).

The Dolphins will begin the final day of the A-Sun Championships tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the final three events for the women’s heptathlon.