SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010
Track & field wins fifth straight A-Sun Outdoor Championship
The JU track & field team continues to outdo themselves as the Dolphins finished first in eight of the final 10 events to win their fifth straight Atlantic Sun Outdoor Championship on Saturday night at UNF’s Hodges Stadium.

The Dolphins trailed for most of the day before finishing in the top two spots in the 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1,500-meters as well as both hurdle events. They also won the both relays to finish with a meet record 247 points, breaking their mark of 212 points set in 2009. Kennesaw State took second place with 221.5 points and UNF was third with 119 points.

With the outdoor title in hand, the Dolphins also became the first A-Sun school to win the “Triple Crown” after securing the cross country and indoor track championships earlier this year.

Freshman Charlene Charles once again swept most of the awards by earning “Most Valuable Performer”, “Most Outstanding Track Performer” and “Most Outstanding Freshman Performer” honors. Head coach Ron Grigg was named “Coach of the Year” for the fifth consecutive time.

"We are very thankful for the win," said Grigg. "We had some adversity earlier in the day with the 3,000-meter steeplechase and a false start in the 100-meter hurdles, but like true champions, our team rose the the occasion and the outcome was never in doubt."

In all, JU won 10 events, had 30 all-conference performances, 37 conference scorers and two new school records.

After winning the long jump on Friday night, Charles finished first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.91. She also ran the final leg of the winning 4x100-meter relay team that posted a time of 45.16. She finished second in the 100-meter (11.86) and 200-meter (24.36) to round out her day.

Junior Unique Singleton was equally impressive by winning the 200 and 400-meters, while also running on the 4x100-meter relay team. She won the 200 with a time of 24.29 before registering a school and meet record in the 400 with a time of 53.80.

Sophomore Amalia Vogler, junior J’Zotta Rolle, freshman Joane Pierre and junior Danielle Davenport combined to win the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:36.96.

Pierre finished first in the 800-meter with a time of 2:12.89 and Vogler was second with a 2:13.89.

Rolle (1:01.42) and sophomore Stacey Young (1:01.83) took the top two spots in the 400-meter hurdles, while Davenport was second in the 400-meter with a time of 54.28. Rolle also finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.31.

The Dolphins took the top three positions in the 1,500-meter as senior Alyssa Deal won the title with a time of 4:31.21, while sophomore Anastasia Fokina (4:36.37) and Pierre (4:39.47) finished in the next two places. Fokina also placed fifth in the 5,000-meter with a time of 17:53.40 to help the Dolphins with points.

Junior Louise Kiernan ran a leg of the 4x100-meter relay before winning the 100-meter title with a time of 11.84. She finished fourth in the 200-meter (24.83) to close out her day.

Other top performers included junior Laura Phillips, who broke the school record in the discus with a toss of 144’5” for second place. Senior Tiffany Bromfield finished second in the heptathlon with 4,393 points, while sophomore Alana Walker won two of the final three heptathlon events to finish in third place (3,977 points).

Bromfield also scored points for JU by finishing fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.56) and Walker earned points in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.99.

Senior Ali Ritter had a fifth place finish in the 1,500-meter (4:41.01) and sixth in the 800-meter (2:18.01) in her final meet for the Dolphins. Junior Hillary Crook recorded points for the Dolphins in the discus with a toss of 124’7”.

The Dolphins will be back in action on May 28, when JU's regional qualifiers compete at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Greensboro, N.C.