SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2009
Track & field secures fourth consecutive Atlantic Sun Outdoor Title
The Dolphins always save their best for the final day as the JU track & field team blazed past the competition to win its fourth consecutive Atlantic Sun Outdoor Championship on Saturday afternoon at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
Trailing the leader Kennesaw State by 25 points to start the day, the Dolphins exploded for 176 points on Saturday en route to a conference record 212 final tally. The Owls finished in second with 140 points, while North Florida (90) finished third.
The Dolphins also claimed their fourth consecutive title sweep after winning the indoor meet on February 21.
Senior Natasha Harvey set a conference individual record with four first place finishes which earned her “Most Valuable Performer” and “Most Outstanding Field Performer” honors. Freshman Stacey Young was named “Most Outstanding Freshman Performer”, while head coach Ron Grigg won “Coach of the Year” for the four straight season.
“First, I want to thank North Florida for running a great meet,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “I want to recognize the great competiveness of Kennesaw State. I think their kids set several personal bests today and they are a very impressive team.
“As far as we are concerned, we have come to expect great performances at championship time to get this result. Natasha put up world class numbers today and as a team to win in Jacksonville in front of our supporters, who haven’t seen us compete, has made this one really special.
“Overall, I’m just incredibly proud of this team. I want to thank coach Bambi Carson for doing a great job with our throwers as well as our support staff of head athletic trainer Doug Frye and Tom Leonard because they all had a hand in our success.”
In all, JU won 10 events, produced 21 all-conference selections, recorded five NCAA regional qualifying marks, broke four meet records and set three new school bests.
Harvey recorded NCAA regional marks to win the long jump (20’8” (6.30m)), triple jump (40’4.75” (12.31m)), and 100-meter (11.45) events. She also ran a NCAA regional qualifying time of 13.38 to break a school and meet record in winning the 100-meter hurdles.
The victories by Harvey in the long jump and 100-meter hurdles gave her the distinction of becoming the first athlete in A-Sun history to win two different events all four years.
Harvey also combined with sophomores Danielle Davenport, Louise Kiernan and Unique Singleton to win the 4x100-meter relay with NCAA regional qualifying time of 44.82, which broke the existing program and meet best held by the Dolphins since 2001. She finished the day with a second place mark in the 200-meter (24.32).
Young earned freshman honors for this second time this year after placing second in the heptathlon (4,380 points), 100-meter hurdles (14.36) and 400-meter hurdles (1:02.30). She also placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 39'1" (11.91m).
Singleton won the 400-meter dash with a regional qualifying time of 54.34, while freshman Susanne Klungtveit was victorious in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11.36).
Sophomore J’Zotta Rolle took first in the 400-meter hurdles by running a 1:01.22 and took third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.40.
Junior Tiffany Bromfield wrapped up her second consecutive heptathlon title with 4,380 points tally following a first place finish in the javelin throw (94’6” (28.80m)) during the morning session.
Kiernan took second in the 100-meter with a NCAA regional qualifying time of 11:53. She finished third in the 200-meter (24.43) to wrap up her day.
Sophomore Laura Phillips placed second in the discus with a throw of 135’11” (41.43m), while freshman Amalia Vogler was second in the 800-meter (2:15.30). Davenport earned the silver medal in the 400-meter with a time of 54.64.
The Dolphins will be back in action on May 29, when JU's regional qualifiers compete at the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, N.C.
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