FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010
Track & field takes second place after first day of A-Sun Championships
The JU track & field team won two individual titles and lead in another event to take second place after the first day of competition in the Atlantic Sun Championships at UNF’s Hodges Stadium.

Kennesaw State currently leads the competition with 73.5 points, while the Dolphin settled into second place 40 points to close out Friday.

“We had a very strong day,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “I believe every athlete who put on the JU uniform had at least one season’s best today and that is what you want at championship time. We qualified everyone through to the finals tomorrow in the 100-meter and the (100-meter) hurdles. The throwers out performed our point predictions, the heptathlon athletes are in great position and Charlene (Charles) won the long jump as we expected. Tomorrow we expect another strong day so that we can have the final outcome we desire.”

Senior Tiffany Bromfield began the day on the right foot by taking the lead in the heptathlon with 2,885 points. The defending champion won the 100-meter hurdles (14.62), high jump (5’05”) and shot put (40’10.25”) to finish in first place. Bromfield also placed fifth in the regular shot put with a toss of 41’3” to round out her day.

Sophomore Alana Walker is currently third in the heptathlon with 2,466 points after winning the 200-meter with a time of 26.24 and taking third in the 100-meter (15.58). She finished her day by qualifying for the 100-meter hurdle final (15.49) on Saturday.

In the long jump, freshman Charlene Charles became the Dolphins’ fifth straight champion by winning the event with a leap of 18’11.25”. She finished the day qualifying for 100-meter hurdle final with a time of 13.83 (1st) and the 100-meter final with an 11.82 (3rd).

Junior Hillary Crook rounded out JU’s champions on day one after winning the shot put with a toss of 45’9.25”.

Sophomore Stacey Young (14.06) and junior J’Zotta Rolle (14.24) will join Charles in tomorrow’s 100-meter hurdle final after taking the second and third spots in the preliminaries. Junior Louise Kiernan earned a spot in the 100-meter final by finishing first in the preliminaries with a time of 11.76.

The Dolphins were led in the hammer by junior Laura Phillips, who placed second with a toss of 158’5”. She also placed third in the shot put (42’9”) and freshman Sara Schunter placed seventh in the hammer (133’8”).

The final day of the A-Sun Championship will start tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the final three portions of the heptathlon (long jump, javelin, 800-meter). The afternoon session is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. with the discus. Fans can follow the action with live results on cfpitiming.com and a special live blog on JUDolphins.com.