SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2010
Track & field locks up fifth consecutive A-Sun Indoor Championship
Freshman Charlene Charles was named the “Most Valuable Performer”, the “Most Outstanding Field Performer” and the “Most Outstanding Freshman Performer” in her first A-Sun meet for JU.
Freshman Charlene Charles was named the “Most Valuable Performer”, the “Most Outstanding Field Performer” and the “Most Outstanding Freshman Performer” in her first A-Sun meet for JU.
The JU track & field team once again saved its best performances for the final day as the Dolphins won the first six events on Saturday to secure their fifth consecutive Atlantic Sun Indoor Championship in Johnson City, Tenn.

After posting 62 points for second on the first day, the Dolphins took the top four spots in the mile and 200-meter, the top three spots in the 60-meter hurdles, while getting the top two spots in the 60-meter and 400-meter to finish with a personal-best 211 points for the title.

Kennesaw State, the day one leader, finished second with 154 points, while cross-town rival UNF took third with 98 points.

Freshmen Charlene Charles and Joane Pierre each had a solid meet to sweep individual honors for JU. Charles was named the “Most Valuable Performer”, the “Most Outstanding Field Performer” and the “Most Outstanding Freshman Performer”. Pierre was the “Most Outstanding Track Performer”, while head coach Ron Grigg was named “Coach of the Year” for the fifth consecutive time.

“I am proud of this victory for many reasons,” said Grigg. “I think the A-Sun Conference continues to improve each year so winning against strong competition is rewarding. I am proud of the way in which we won, we had a strong team on paper based on our seed marks and we backed those marks up with some pretty convincing performances in the last two days. To win as many events as we did and to have as many all conference performers as we did was pretty staggering.

“Having our two freshman roommates sweep the individual awards is an outstanding achievement and points towards a continually bright future. Now it is time to assess our successes and failures and move forward to the outdoor season where will attempt to win the triple crown.”

JU finished the meet with 23 all-conference performances, 10 individual titles, two conference records and one new school record.

Pierre earned her honors after winning 800-meter with a conference record time of 2:14.66 and taking first in the mile with a time of 5:03.63. Charles finished second in the 60-meter (7.66) and fourth in the 200-meter (25.00) on Saturday. She also took third in the pentathlon (3,431 points) and first in the long jump (19’8”) on the first day of the meet to help secure her accolades.

One spark to the Dolphins winning six events on Saturday was junior sprinter Louise Kiernan. The Ireland native won the 200-meter with a school record time of 24.16 and ran a time of 7.55 to win the 60-meter.

Junior Danielle Davenport won the 400-meter title with a time of 55.73 to round out JU’s individual title performances. She finished the meet by taking third in the 200-meter with a 24.65.

Junior Unique Singleton nearly missed out winning two titles of her own after placing second in the 200 (24.51) and 400-meters (56.49).

In the distance events, senior Ali Ritter placed third in the 800-meter with a time of 2:16.02, while sophomore Amalia Vogler was fifth with a time of 2:18.00.

Senior Alyssa Deal (5:03.74), sophomore Anastasia Fokina (5:03.84) and Ritter (5:04.55) finished in the two through four spots, respectively, in the mile.

After winning the pentathlon on Friday, sophomore Stacey Young closed out her meet with a fourth place finish in the triple jump (38’3.5”).

Another top performer included junior Laura Phillips, who scored points for JU in the weight throw with a toss of 50’6” for sixth place.

The Dolphins begin the outdoor season on March 5 with the UNF Spring Break Open in Jacksonville, Fla.