THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010
Track & field competes at A-Sun Outdoor Championships on Friday
The JU track & field team will try to make a little history on Friday at 9 a.m. when they compete in the A-Sun Outdoor Championships at UNF’s Hodges Stadium.

The Dolphins look to secure their fifth straight outdoor title, which is one shy of the record set by former conference member UCF (6, 2000-05). JU will also look to become the conference’s first Triple Crown winner after securing the cross country and indoor track titles earlier this season.

“The A-Sun Championships is always an exciting time for our program,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “As I told our team yesterday in our last meeting ‘we are locked and loaded’ and ready to go. We have a balanced program and we will challenge to win in every event we enter. We are competing to improve on our individual personal bests so that we may have the best team outcome. School records, conference championship records and NCAA East Preliminary round qualifiers are where we have set our expectations.”

Senior Tiffany Bromfield and sophomore Alana Walker will open the meet for the Dolphins with the heptathlon before finishing the final portions on Saturday morning. Bromfield won the event last season with 4,380 points.

In the afternoon session, junior Laura Phillips and freshman Sara Schunter compete in the hammer throw at 4 p.m. The duo will join senior Tiffany Bromfield and junior Hillary Crook in the shot put at 6 p.m.

Freshman Charlene Charles looks to secure JU’s fifth straight long jump title and qualify for the 100-meter dash at 7 p.m. Junior Louise Kiernan will also try to qualify for the 100-meter dash finals with Charles, which will take place on Saturday at 6:50 p.m.

Charles is scheduled to join junior J’Zotta Rolle, sophomore Stacey Young, Bromfield and Walker for the 100-meter hurdle preliminaries to close out JU’s day. The finals are set for Saturday at 6:15 p.m.

On Saturday, Phillips, Schunter and Crook open the afternoon session by competing in the discus throw at 3:30 p.m. Phillips has the Dolphins’ best mark in the discus after tossing a 136’11” at the Spike’s Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Sophomore Susanne Klungtveigt will look to defend her 3,000-meter steeplechase title for JU at 5:15 p.m. Last season, she ran way with the title after recording a time of 11:36.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Kiernan, Charles, junior Danielle Davenporty and junior Unique Singleton will race at 5:35 p.m. The Dolphins will compete again in the 4x400-meter relay at 8:45 p.m.

Kiernan, Davenport and Singleton helped JU take the 4x100-meter relay title in 2009, which later catapulted them to a spot in the NCAA Championships. JU has won three 4x400-meter relay races this season, including recording a school record time of 3:39.18 at the FSU Twilight on May 8.

Seniors Alyssa Deal and Ali Ritter along with freshman Joane Pierre and sophomore Anastasia Fokina will each race in the 1,500-meter at 5:50 p.m. Pierre earned A-Sun Track “Athlete of the Week” honors after recording a school record time of 4:29.10 in the 1,500-meter at the FSU Twilight on May 8.

Pierre, Ritter and Deal will race again with freshman Amalia Vogler and senior Tiffanie Saxton in the 800-meter at 7:05 p.m. Fokina, and senior Elsabeth Goshu will round out the distance events with the 5,000-meter at 8:15 p.m.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Rolle looks to defend her title alongside Young, Bromfield and Walker at 7:25 p.m. Singleton, Charles and Kiernan will race in the 200-meter at 7:45 p.m. to close out JU’s sprint events.

The championship presentation to end the meet is set for 9 p.m. on Saturday night.

Fans can follow the live results through the conference championship page on atlanticsun.org. There will also be a live blog with special video from the event on JUDolphins.com (below).