Track & field finishes busy day with several good marks
Despite being in two different cities, the JU track & field team had a solid day at the Tom Jones Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. and the UNF Osprey Challenge in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Joane Pierre won the in 800-meter with a school record time of 2:08.17 at the Tom Jones Invitational to pace three different Dolphins with personal bests. Junior Laura Phillips was good in the throwing events at the UNF Osprey Challenge and three other JU teammates won events at that meet.

“With the results of the Tom Jones Invitational and UNF Osprey Challenge, I am really happy with the direction the program in moving” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We have been training really well and the results are showing just that.”

Sophomore Susanne Klungtveit finished with a personal best time of 11:17.49 (3rd) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Tom Jones Invitational, while sophomore Anastasia Fokina set a new high in the 1,500-meter with a 4:31.02 for third place.

Junior Unique Singleton rounded out the personal bests by setting new highs in the 200 (24.19, 7th) and the 400-meters (54.27, 5th).

In the 400-meter hurdles, junior J’Zotta Rolle ran a time of 1:00.69 for fourth place, while also taking sixth in the 100-meter hurdle preliminaries by running a time of 14.56.

Other Dolphins competing at the Tom Jones Invitational were sophomore Amalia Vogler, who took seventh in the 800-meter (2:14.09). Junior Louise Kiernan placed 14th in the 200-meter (24.67) and 100-meter preliminaries (12.12). Junior Danielle Davenport ran a 12.44 in the 100-meter preliminaries to round out the day.

At the UNF Osprey Challenge, Phillips won the hammer with a toss of 162’08” before placing third in the discus throw (132’07”). Junior Hillary Crook recorded a throw of 43’4.25” to place second the shot put and took sixth in the discus with a 116’1”.

Sophomore Stacey Young won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.74 after finishing as the top collegian (second overall) in the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.33.

In the distance events, senior Elsabeth Goshu placed first in the 1,500-meter (4:47.43), while senior Alyssa Deal won the 3,000-meter (10:20.71).

Senior Ali Ritter (2:21.85), freshman Morgan Keel (2:25.00) and senior Tiffanie Saxton (2:25.98) took the fourth through sixth spots in the 800-meter. Ritter also finished second in the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:47.46. Sophomore Alana Walker along with Young, Keel and Saxton ran a time of 4:07.00 for third in the 4x100-meter relay.

Other top performers included senior Tiffany Bromfield, who finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.05) and the shot put (41’3.25”). Freshman Sara Schunter was fourth in the hammer with a toss of 131’11”, while Walker was third in the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.71).

The Dolphins will take the next week off for finals before competing again at the JU-UNF Dual on April 29.