Track & field to compete in two meets on Friday

The Dolphins have a busy Friday ahead of them as the JU track & field team competes in two different meets.

Majority of the squad will take part in the prestigious Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., while the throwers group and a few of the middle distance runners will get extra work by participating at the Spike’s Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.

“After excellent performances last weekend, our goal this weekend is to show consistency across all event areas,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Each meet will provide appropriate levels of competition for our team.”

The Dolphins enter the week following a strong performance at the FSU Relays on March 25-27.

Freshman Charlene Charles paced the Dolphins after posting the nation’s top heptathlon score (5,325 points) by winning the high jump (a JU record - 5’7”), 200-meter (24.56), 100-meter hurdles (13.90) and long jump (19’4.25”), while finishing second in the 800-meter (2:19.34). She finished the weekend by running a victorious leg of the 4x400-meter relay that tallied a school record time of 3:40.24, which later earned her A-Sun Field “Athlete of the Week” honors.

Freshman Joane Pierre (4:30.49) and sophomore Anastasia Fokina (4:34.78) each broke the school record with their times in the 1,500-meter. Pierre finished the meet by winning the 800-meter with a time of 2:12.15.

Junior Unique Singleton finished second overall in the 400-meter after running a time of 54.87 and junior Danielle Davenport took fifth in the event with a 56.69. Freshman Amalia Vogler rounded out the event with a time of 1:00.07.

Other sprint events included junior J’Zotta Rolle taking third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.86, while Singleton was fourth in the 200-meter with a 24.86.