SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2011
Track & field performs well during first day of Jimmy Carnes Invitational
The Dolphin penathletes set several new personal bests and broke a school record to pace the JU track & field team at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville, Fla.

Sophomore Charlene Charles led the group by winning the pentathlon with a new school record 3,906 points. She broke her current school record after setting indoor personal bests in winning the 55-meter hurdles (8.06) and 800-meter (2:20.88) as well as the shot put (32’0”) for fifth place. Charles also won the high jump (5’5.75”) and long jump (18’11.75’).

Junior Stacey Young also bested Charles’ previous school record of 3,861 points after finishing with 3,621 points to take second place in the event. She recorded personal bests in the 55-meter hurdles (8.07, 2nd), long jump (18’3”, 2nd), high jump (5’4.5”, 3rd) and shot put (31’10.25”, 6th). Young also ran a 2:37.90 in the 800-meter for sixth place.

“The pentahletes did a great job today, including a school record that will rank high on the national lists and many personal records,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “I hope this is indicative of what we will do tomorrow.”

Junior Alana Walker took ninth place in the pentathlon to round of the group, which included posting a eighth place finish in the 800-meter (2:38.58).

The full Dolphins squad will compete on Sunday in the final day of the Jimmy Carnes Invitational.