SATURDAY, APRIL 03, 2010
Track & field teams records a good final day at the Pepsi Florida Relays
After a slow start to the meet yesterday, the Dolphins relay group put together three solid performances to lead the JU track & field team on Saturday at the final day of the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.

The Dolphins broke school records in the 4x400-meter relay and the Distance Medley Relay, while getting a season-best time in the 4x100-meter relay.

“Saturday was a much better day than Friday,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Now, we will get back to training as we focus on the conference championship and the postseason.”

Freshman Charlene Charles along with juniors Danielle Davenport, Unique Singleton and J’Zotta Rolle ran a time of 3:39.32 (12th) to break the 4x400-meter relay for the second consecutive week. Charles had a time of 55.6 in her leg and Rolle ran a 55.4. Davenport had a time of 54.4 and Singleton finished with a 53.7 in her split.

In the Distance Medley Relay, sophomores Anastasia Fokina and Amalia Vogler combined with seniors Alyssa Deal and Ali Ritter to run a new program mark of 12:02.26 for a seventh place finish in the event. They broke the old mark of 12:04.13 set in Gainesville, Fla. on April 4, 2008.

Fokina finished her 1,200-meter leg with a time of 3:32, while Vogler added a time of 58.3 in the 400-meter length. Deal ran a time of 2:17.9 in the 800-meter portion and Ritter rounded out the event with a 5:13.9 in the 1,600-meter leg of the race.

Charles, Singleton and Davenport also teamed with junior Louise Kiernan to ran a season-best time of 45.87 in the 4x100-meter relay to finish 12th.

At the Spike’s Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla., junior Laure Phillips helped lead the Dolphins after recording a toss of a toss of 136’11” to finish second in the discus. Freshman Sara Schunter (112’11”), sophomore Cathy Agoris (108’1”) and junior Hillary Crook (107’5.5”) took the seventh through ninth spots in the discus.

Crook won the shot put with a toss of 43’7”, while Phillips placed fourth with a 39’8.75” and Schunter took sixth with a throw of 38’4.75”.

In the 800-meter, freshman Morgan Keel ran a time of 2:22.86 for eighth and senior Tiffanie Saxton was right behind her in ninth after running a 2:24.63.

The Dolphins will train for the next two weeks before competing again on April 17 in two different meets. A portion of the team will be back in Gainesville, Fla. for the Tom Jones Invitational, while the others will stay home for the UNF Osprey Challenge across the city.