THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010
Track & field competes at Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships starting on Friday
With two weeks of training in the books, the Dolphins will hit the road for one of the most important meets of the year as the JU track & field team competes at the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships starting Friday in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Dolphins look for their fifth straight indoor conference title after winning every indoor meet since it was introduced in 2006. Last season, JU posted a personal-best 171 points to take the Dolphins fourth championship.
JU will also look for its second overall title of the year as the Dolphins’ cross country team won their first conference championship in the fall.
“We will trust in the process that has had us performing well both historically and this indoor season,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We will measure success against our existing personal bests. We know that team success is achieved by the accumulation of excellent individual efforts. Contributing to team success is the extra motivation that leads to special performances at conference championship time.”
The Dolphins only competed in two team meets during the indoor season, but made their presence known in each one.
Freshman Charlene Charles paced JU at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational on Jan. 31 by winning the pentathlon with a school record and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 3,861 points. She also took first in the long jump with a leap of 19’10.75” (6.06m), which helped her secure A-Sun Field “Athlete of the Week” honors.
In the sprints, junior Unique Singleton finished as the top collegian in the 200 (24.83, 3rd) and 400-meters (55.87, 4th) before running a time of 7.26 in the 55-meter.
Less than a week later, the Dolphins outdid themselves by recording three school records at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. on Feb. 4th.
Singleton was right in the thick of things by setting two new school marks. She improved her 400-meter record that she set on the first day in the preliminaries (55.56) after running a time of 55.19 for sixth in the finals.
Singleton, Charles and juniors Danielle Davenport and J’Zotta Rolle set the new standard in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:45.50 (2nd).
Freshman Joane Pierre ran a new school best time of 4:57.65 in the mile to take first and round out JU’s record breakers. She would later receive A-Sun Track “Athlete of the Week” honors for her efforts.
Fans can follow the results through live stats on the A-Sun championship page by logging onto JUDolphins.com.
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