SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2011
Track & field rounds out final day of Jimmy Carnes Invitational
Sophomore Joane Pierre had a solid start to her season to lead the JU track & field team on the final day of the Jimmy Carnes Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. on Sunday.

Pierre broke the school record in the mile with a time of 4:54.16 to win the event. She also won the 800-meter with a time of 2:14.51, while also running the fastest leg of the 4x400-meter relay that placed third (3:57.08).

"We had a nice opener with some strong throws and middle distance performances,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We look forward to getting on the fast track at Penn State next week to improve upon our conference, regional and national rankings."

The throws group performed well on Sunday afternoon as senior Ronnisha Hall took second in the weight throw (58’2.5”) and third in the shot put (46’8.25”) during her first action back since redshirting.

Senior Hillary Crook placed fourth in the shot put (45’2.25”) and weight throw (48’8”), while sophomore Akeela Bravo was sixth in the shot put (42’3.25”) and weight toss (46’11.75”).

Senior Unique Singleton led the Dolphins in sprints after placing second in the 400-meter with a time of 55.98. Senior Danielle Davenport was fifth in the 400-meter with a 56.97, while also taking eighth in the 200-meter with a time of 25.13.

In the 55-meter, senior Louise Kiernan ran a time of 7.12 to finish sixth. Senior J’Zotta Rolle finished seventh in the 55-meter hurdles after registering an 8.34.

Other top performers included sophomore Bienna Freeman who finished second in the 800-meter with a time of 2:14.53. Freshman Sarah Mecklenburg was fifth in the long jump (18’6”), while junior Anastasia Fokina placed seventh in the mile with a time of 5:14.76.

The Dolphins will return to action on Friday for the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup in State College, Pa.