Track & field readies for NCAA East Preliminary Round on Thursday
The Dolphins will look to earn a trip to the historic Hayward Field in Oregon as the JU track & field team competes at the NCAA East Preliminary Round on Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.

Juniors Unique Singleton and Danielle Davenport will each run in the first round of the 400-meter at 7 p.m., while freshman Joane Pierre is in the early round for the 800-meter at 8 p.m. Both relays squads will compete on Saturday beginning at 5:45 p.m.

The top 12 finishers from each event will earn a spot in the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. starting on June 9th.

“The NCAA East preliminary round is a new format,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We will have a chance to run against many schools from the Midwest that we do not often see. It will be an exciting qualifying round where we can showcase our talent.”

Singleton received a No. 15 seed for the 400-meter after running a school record time of 53.80 at the Atlantic Sun Championships on May 15. Her previous high time was a 54.27 at the Tom Jones Invitational on April 17. Davenport ran a 54.28 (2nd) at the A-Sun meet to get the No. 26 seed for the event.

Pierre has won all four 800-meter events she has competed in this season. She enters the meet as the No. 27 seed in the 48 athlete event after producing a school record time of 2:08.17 at the Tom Jones Invitational.

The Dolphins are only one of 12 schools of the 198 eligible teams at the preliminary round to have both relays groups competing this weekend.

The 4x100-meter relay group earned a No. 14 seed of 24 teams after Singleton, Davenport, junior Louise Kiernan and freshman Charlene Charles ran a 44.86 to win the event at the JU-UNF Dual (4/29).

This area is looking for its second straight trip to the NCAA Championships after reaching the meet last season.

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.

The 4x100-meter relay has been a strong suit, but the Dolphins have been equally strong in the 4x400-meter relay during the 2010 season.

The group has won four of their six attempts this season, including recording a school record time on three occasions. Charles, junior J’Zotta Rolle, Davenport and Singleton posted a 3:39.18 in the final regular season meet at the FSU Twilight (5/8) to get their spot in the preliminary round.

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