MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010
Prelude to the A-Sun Outdoor Championships: JU sprints & combined events preview
The JU track & field team is just four days away from competing at the Atlantic Sun Conference Outdoor Championships for a shot at the Dolphins’ fifth straight title and becoming the first team to win the conference “Triple Crown” (XC, Indoor & Outdoor Track titles). JUDolphins.com will preview an event group leading up to the meet on Friday, starting today with sprint and combined events.

Sprints
Juniors Unique Singleton, Danielle Davenport and Louise Kiernan will once again carry the load for the Dolphins.

In last season’s outdoor meet, the trio was not in the forefront, but were a large key to the Dolphins’ 2009 title.

Singleton won the 400-meter dash with a regional qualifying time of 54.34, while Kiernan took second in the 100-meter with a NCAA regional qualifying time of 11.53 and finished third in the 200-meter (24.43) to wrap up her day. Davenport earned the silver medal in the 400-meter with a time of 54.64.

The group has also shown some promising times during the outdoor season this season as they prepared for the A-Sun Championship.

Singleton won the 200-meter at the JU-UNF Dual on April 29 with a conference-leading time of 24.10 to earn A-Sun Track “Athlete of the Week” honors. She also posted the team’s top 400-meter (54.27) at the Tom Jones Invitational, while Kiernan added a team-best time of 12.00 in the 100-meter at the Pepsi Florida Relays on April 2.

Earlier this season, the group showed how dangerous they could be after taking the top four spots in the 200-meter and top two positions in the 60-meter to help the Dolphins win their fifth A-Sun Indoor Championship on Feb. 27th.

Head Coach Ron Grigg on the sprinters: “The sprint group is very accomplished both as individuals and as relay squads. They have the ability to do some special things at both the A-Sun meet and at the NCAA East preliminary round.”

Combined Events
Senior Tiffany Bromfield along with sophomore Alana Walker each look to get the Dolphins off on the right foot in the heptathlon on Friday.

The duo competed in the heptathlon at the FSU Relays on March 26 with Bromfield placing fifth overall (4,484 points) and Walker tallying 3,780 points in her first heptathlon.

Bromfield enters the meet as the defending heptathlon champion after winning the even last season with 4,380 points.

At the Indoor Championships in February, Bromfield was fourth (3,368 points) and Walker rounded out the group with 2,976 points for seventh.

Head Coach Ron Grigg on the combined events: “The heptathlon has always been a good event for us. We have been blessed with a history of athletes who can excel in multiple disciplines. Tiffany and Alana will have the opportunity to get us off to a strong start to the meet and set the tone for our entire team.”