Track & field has good showing at Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup
More program records and personal bests were broken by the JU track & field team after a good showing at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup on Saturday in State College, Pa.

"I think we accomplished a lot today,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We were a little short handed, leaving some important team members home out of an abundance of caution. Those that were here were focused on technical and tactical ways to improve from last week's performances and almost everyone did that. Now, we'll return to campus and put the finishing touches on our training as we head into the championship season."

The Dolphins completed their goal for the weekend of breaking the school record in the Distance Medley Relay with a time of 11:42.29 for second place, which smashed the old mark by more than 20 seconds set in 2009 at the A-Sun indoor meet.

In the splits of the relay, sophomore Bienna Freeman had a 3:33.9 for the 1200, while senior Danielle Davenport ran a 55.4 in the 400. Junior Amalia Vogler tallied a 2:14.3 in the 800 and sophomore Joane Pierre had a 4:58.4 in the 1600.

Pierre and Freeman also broke the existing school record in the 800-meter. Pierre set the new school mark with a time of 2:10.90 (4th), while Freeman finished fifth with a time of 2:11.39.

In the mile, senior Anastasia Fokina (5:12.39, 14th) and junior Baliee Hedstrom (5:13.38, 15th) finished back to back of each other. They would reverse the order in the 3,000-meter as Hedstrom took ninth with a time of 10:31.22 and Fokina was 11th with a 10:33.45. Sophomore Morgan Keel rounded out the group in the 3,000-meter with a personal best time of 10:41.22 (15th).

"Joane and Bienna raced more aggressively today and the results showed in both the 800-meter and the distance medley relay," said Grigg. “The milers had a solid day today and then doubled back in the 3,000-meter to make it a good day of work for them. Morgan's personal best in the 3k is well deserved because she has trained great since the summer time and we are starting to see the results."

Junior Stacey Young set a new personal best in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.62 for second, while senior J’Zotta Rolle took sixth in the event by equaling her best with an 8.89.

After missing the finals in the 60-meter, senior Louise Kiernan bounced back in the 200-meter to finish place second with a time of 24.59.

"Louise really made a mess of her start in the 60 meter prelims,” said Grigg. “She was disappointed and determined to make up for it in the 200."

Other personal bests included senior Hillary Crook setting a new high in the weight throw with a toss of 51’5.75” (15th), while sophomore Sara Schunter had a personal best toss of 38’10 in the shot put.

The Dolphins will train for the next two weeks before battling for their sixth straight conference title at the A-Sun Indoor Track & Field Championships in Johnson City, Tenn. on Feb. 18.