Track & field has good showing at Jimmy Carnes Invitational
Junior Unique Singleton was the top collegian in the 200 and 400-meters for JU at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational.
Junior Unique Singleton was the top collegian in the 200 and 400-meters for JU at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational.
The JU track & field team had a good start to the 2010 season as the Dolphins recorded a great showing at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. on Sunday.

Freshman Charlene Charles led the Dolphins by breaking the school record in the pentathlon for the second straight meet after producing personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 3,861 points on Saturday before closing the weekend with a victory in the long jump.

“I’m proud of the way the women competed this weekend, we had high expectations and we were not disappointed.” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We have given ourselves many options for which events to enter at the conference championships. Obviously, Charlene has a special performance for a freshman. She needs to continue to work on improving each week and she will have the chance to compete at the NCAA Championships. The milers were an impressive group, producing many fast early season times. I also thought the 400 and the shot put were standout events for us this weekend.”

Charles recorded or tied personals bests in first place finishes in the 55-meter hurdles (8.13), 800-meter (2:27.83) and high jump (5’7” (1.70m)). She won the long jump pentathlon with a leap of 19’0.75” (5.81m). She improved in the long jump on Sunday by recording a leap of 19’10.75” (6.06m) to win the event again.

Senior Tiffany Bromfield took second in the pentathlon (3,386 points) after winning the shot put with a toss of 39’6.5” (12.05m). Sophomore Stacey Young took fourth in the pentathlon with the help of second place marks in the 55-meter hurdles (8.28) and 800-meter (2:40.54).

Young also placed fourth in the regular 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.44, while Bromfield took sixth with an 8.51 to round out their weekend.

In the sprints, junior Louise Kiernan was the top collegian in the 55-meter with a time of 7.20 (seventh overall). Junior Unique Singleton finished as the top collegian in the 200 (24.83, 3rd) and 400-meters (55.87, 4th). Junior Danielle Davenport was fifth in the 400-meter with a time of 56.06, while taking ninth in the 55-meter (7.25).

Davenport took sixth (25.44) in the 200-meter, while Kiernan placed seventh (25.50) to round of their weekend.

Freshman Joane Pierre led the distance group after winning the mile with a time of 5:01.01. Senior Alyssa Deal (5:01.90), sophomore Anastasia Fokina (5:02.36) and senior Ali Ritter (5:04.08) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the mile for JU.

In the 800-meter run, sophomore Amalia Vogler finished fourth with a time of 2:18.96, while Pierre (2:19.17) took sixth and Ritter placed seventh (2:19.65). Sophomore Susanne Klungtveit took sixth in the 3,000-meter after running a time of 10:48.41.

In the throws, junior Hillary Crook recorded a toss of 45’3.5” (13.80m) to win the shot put after taking third in the weight throw (47’7” (14.50m)). Junior Laura Phillips place fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 47’4.5” (14.44m).

The Dolphins return to action on Friday when they head to Lincoln, Neb. for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.