THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009
Track & field participates in NCAA Regionals starting Friday
The JU track & field team looks to reach another goal in its stellar 2009 season when the Dolphins compete at the NCAA East Regionals starting Friday in Greensboro, N.C.

Senior Natasha Harvey along with sophomores Louise Kiernan, Unique Singleton, J’Zotta Rolle and Danielle Davenport will each compete to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.,starting June 10.

“We are excited to line up against the best athletes and best teams in the East Region in the hopes that our best efforts will allow us to advance to the NCAA Championships,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Our training is going well and we are in good positions on the national performance lists. Now we just have to compete.”

The group returns to competition for the first time since the Dolphins posted an Atlantic Sun record of 212 points to win their fourth consecutive outdoor conference title on May 16.

Harvey opens the meet for JU on Friday with the long jump at noon. She comes into the competition with the sixth-best jump in the region after winning the conference title with a leap of 20’8” (6.30m). Harvey has put up one jump of more than 20 feet in this event during the last three meets.

Davenport, Kiernan, Singleton and Harvey are scheduled to run in 4x100-meter relay trials at 4 p.m. to begin the afternoon session. The group has won all five attempts this season, including running a school and meet-record time of 44.82 to win the relay at the conference meet. The time is the fourth best regionally and ranks 17th nationally.

Harvey rounds out her day with the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries at 5:30 p.m., while Kiernan runs in the 100-meter trials at 6:10 p.m. Kiernan finished second just less than eight hundredths of a second behind Harvey (11.45) at the A-Sun Championships with a time of 11.53 to earn her place in the meet.

Rolle closes out the day for the Dolphins with the 400-meter hurdles at 7:55 p.m. She was the first Dolphin to qualify for the NCAA regionals with a time of 1:00.77 to win the 400-meter hurdles at the UNF Spring Break Open on March 7. Rolle has recorded regional qualifying times in four of six attempts this season for this event.

If they qualify, the sprint event finals will take place on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.

Fans can follow along with all the action through live stats on ncaa.com or clicking the link at the top of the page.