SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2008
TRACK THREE-PEATS AS OUTDOOR CHAMPIONS
The JU women's outdoor track & field team matched the success of their indoor team as they came away victorious at the Atlantic Sun Championships over the weekend in Clemson, S.C.
Junior Natasha Harvey was named "Outstanding Field Performer", while freshman Unique Singleton was named "Most Outstanding Freshman Performer". Head coach Ron Grigg was named "Coach of the Year" for the third consecutive time as his team claimed a 50-point victory.
"The meet was closer than it looks on paper," Grigg said. "Belmont has talented athletes that are well coached. If it weren't for an injury mid-meet, it would have been a lot tighter. But I was very proud of the way the team rose to the occasion, which they always seem to do. The freshmen who we have been waiting for all year, really performed well."
After winning the long jump on Friday, Harvey continued her success by smashing the meet record in the heptathlon with regional qualifying performance of 5,096 points. Harvey recorded another victory and a regional qualifying appearance after running 13.68 in the 100-meter hurdles. On top of her three gold medals, Harvey finished second in the triple jump to teammate Shaquania Lundy with a leap of 39-07.25 and was part of the bronze medallist 4x100 team.
"Natasha Harvey's performances were truly national caliber," Grigg said. "She always sets the bar high and we look forward to more outstanding performances from her in the future."
Freshmen Stephanie Brown and Singleton, along with junior Simone Clark comprised the rest of the third-place finishing 4x100 unit that ran a time of 46.47.
Singleton tallied a gold medal as part of the 4x400 team and had a regional qualifying mark in the 400-meters after she recorded a time of 54.55. Freshmen Danielle Davenport and Brown gave the Dolphins a 1-2-3 finish in the event after they ran times of 56.46 and 57.44, respectively.
"In just the last two weeks we decided to put Unique on the 4x100 and the triple jump," said Grigg. "She did very well without much training for those events and also did well in her specialty, delivering a regional qualifying mark. We look forward to many more years of her development."
Davenport, junior Janel Grooms and freshman J'Zotta Rolle made up the rest of the gold medal winning 4x400 team that won by over eight seconds after delivering an impressive performance with a time of 3:45.36.
Clark trailed only Harvey in the 100-meter hurdles after she finished with a time of 14.04. Rolle and sophomore Tiffany Bromfield gave the Dolphins four of the top five finishers as they took fourth and fifth with times of 14.36 and 14.37, respectively.
Rolle just missed out on a regional qualifying mark after she ran a 1:00.87 in her silver medal performance in the 400-meter hurdles. The Dolphins had three of the top six performers in the event as Clark took fourth with a time of 1:04.37 and freshman Alison Salas finished sixth after she ran a time of 1:06.36.
Bromfield took third in the heptathlon with 4,457 points and finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 40-04.25".
Lundy claimed the triple jump after her mark of 41-01.00 broke a conference record. She also placed fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12:07.
Grooms won the 800-meters with a time of 2:13.72 and sophomore Alison Ritter took fourth after she ran a time of 2:19.65. Ritter earned a bronze medal in the 1,500-meters with a time of 4:41.43. Senior Danielle Coyle, competing in her final meet as a Dolphin, took seventh in the event after she ran 5:13.03. Coyle also took 11th in the 5000-meters with a time of 20:23.56.
Sophomore Elsabeth Goshu, who took fifth on Friday in the 10,000-meters, finished seventh in the 5000-meters with a time of 18:50.75.
Sophomore Hillary Crook took fifth in the discus with a throw of 116-11" and placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 39-09.75". Crook scored in three separate events after taking sixth in the hammer throw on Friday.
Freshman Laura Phillips earned a bronze medal in the shot put with a throw of 40-06.25".
Overall, the Dolphins scored in every event that they participated except one and had 15 out of 16 athletes score points.
2008-09 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD