Track & field begins outdoor season with UNF Spring Break Open on Friday
After winning their fifth straight A-Sun indoor title, the Dolphins switch their focus the outdoor season as the JU track & field team competes in the UNF Spring Break Open at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Dolphins are in search of their fifth straight A-Sun outdoor title which will make them the conference’s first triple crown winner after already securing the cross country and indoor titles.

“Coming off of the indoor A-Sun Championship just six days ago, we need a little physical and emotional recharging,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “This weekend is a good time to dabble in the outdoor specific events like the discus, hammer, javelin, 400 hurdles and 4x100m relay. We always enjoy running on the fast track at UNF. We hope this meet will lead us into a successful outdoor campaign.”

The Dolphins secured their fifth straight indoor title on Feb. 27 after winning the first six events on the second day of the meet to finish with a personal best 211 point tally.

JU posted 33 conference scorers, 23 all-conference performances, 10 individual titles, two conference records and one new school record.

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,” while Pierre received the “Most Outstanding Track Performer” accolades.

Pierre earned her honors after winning the 800-meter with a conference record time of 2:14.66 and took first in the mile with a time of 5:03.63. She also ran a leg of the distance medley relay that finished first with a time of 12:14.57.

Charles finished second in the 60-meter (7.66) and fourth in the 200-meter (25.00) on the final day of the meet. 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.

Junior sprinter Louise Kiernan 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 Hillary Crook tossed a life-time best 46’10.25” to win the shot put title.

Other championship performances included junior Danielle Davenport winning the 400-meter title with a time of 55.73 and sophomore Stacey Young’s conference record 3,490 points to win the pentathlon.