Prelude to the A-Sun Outdoor Championships: JU hurdles & relays preview
The JU track & field team is less than 48 hours 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 ever win the conference “Triple Crown” (cross country, Indoor & Outdoor Track titles). In the final events preview, we will look at the hurdles and the relays.

Junior J’Zotta Rolle, senior Tiffany Bromfield, sophomore Stacey Young and freshman Charlene Charles have seen most of the action for the Dolphins. Sophomore Alana Walker and senior Tiffanie Saxton will also compete in the hurdles events.

The Dolphins are traditionally led by Rolle, who recorded a season-best time of 1:00.18 in the 400-meter hurdles at the Pepsi Florida Relays on April 2. Last season at the A-Sun Outdoor Championships, Rolle took first in the 400-meter hurdles by running a 1:01.22 and took third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.40.

Charles has posted the top time in the 100-meter hurdles this season after running a 13.90 for first place in the FSU Heptathlon (3/25). Young finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.32) at the UNF Osprey Challenge (4/17).

Head Coach Ron Grigg on the hurdles: “The hurdle group is very deep, we have had a history of being very successful in both the 100 and 400-meter hurdles. This group has a chance to score a lot of points for us.”

The Dolphins’ surprise group over the last two seasons has been the relays, which are led by Rolle as well as fellow juniors Unique Singelton, Danielle Davenport and Louise Kiernan.

In 2009, the 4x100-meter relay group won all five of its attempts during the regular season, including winning the conference title in the event with a meet record time of 44.82. They also placed fifth in the NCAA regionals en route to a spot at the national championships.

This season, the 4x100-meter relay added Charles to its leg and recorded victories at the JU-UNF Dual (44.86) on April 29 and UNF Spring Break Open (46.02) on March 5.

The Dolphins have ran exceptionally well in the 4x400-meter relay in 2010 after recording three first place and school record performances. They broke the school record for the third time at the FSU Twilight on May 9 with a conference leading time of 3:39.18

Head Coach Ron Grigg on the relays: “Both relays have aspirations to compete in the post season. They have put up some solid marks so far this year that compare favorably with the nationally recognized programs. We will be asking a lot of the sprinters during the meet, but when they get together as relay teams, they really show their talent.”