Track & field locks up sixth straight A-Sun Indoor Championship
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The JU track & field team put together another great day by winning six events to secure its sixth straight A-Sun Indoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Dolphins had 19 athletes score on the final day en route to a new meet record 219 points for first place. UNF finished second with 154 points, while Kennesaw State took third place (99).

After a dominating performance on Friday night, sophomore Charlene Charles was named “Most Valuable Performer” and “Most Outstanding Field Performer”. Sophomore Joane Pierre won the 800-meter and mile on Saturday to receive “Most Outstanding Track Performer” honors, while head coach Ron Grigg was named “Coach of the Year.”

"I told our team after the competition that our seniors were irreplaceable and their accomplishments almost immeasurable,” said Grigg. “Hillary (Crook), Ronnisha (Hall), Laura (Phillips), Unique (Singleton), Danielle (Davenport), J'Zotta (Rolle) and Louise (Kiernan) have elevated both our program and this conference to new levels. I am incredibly lucky to have the privilege of being called their coach.

“There were so many special performances in the last two days. It was a complete team effort. Coaches (Bambi) Carson and (Natasha) Harvey have done great jobs training and motivating this group. Thom Moody, our massage therapist, worked tirelessly not only throughout this season, but over the last 48 hours to allow our athletes to line up event after event and perform. Those within the program know how banged up we have been. Doug Frye and Danny James in athletic training played a large role in our ability to compete the way we did this weekend.”

Junior Ronnisha Hall opened the meet producing a conference and school record weight toss of 62’2.5” to win the event. Seniors Laura Phillips (52’5.5”) and Hillary Crook (51’6.5’) each finished sixth and seventh with personal bests to give the Dolphins 42 points in the throwing events.

Pierre controlled the mile from the front to cruise to victory with a time of 5:02.16, while junior Bailee Hedstrom had another big personal best (5:11.31) for a fifth-place effort.

In the 60-meter hurdles, junior Stacey Young (8.70), Charles (8.71) and senior J’Zotta Rolle (8.91) took the top three spots in order for the third straight season.

Seniors Unique Singleton and Danielle Davenport (55.09) and Danielle Davenport (55.43) had personal-bests in the 400-meter dash to finish second and third, respectively. Singleton lowered her school record with her second place finish and both athletes ran under the existing A-Sun meet record.

Senior Louise Kiernan won the 60-meter dash for the second straight year with a time of 7.59, while Charles placed third (7.68)to cap off a 42-point individual effort on the weekend.

In the 800-meter, it was a 1-2 sweep for JU with Pierre (2:15.24) taking the top spot and sophomore Bienna Freeman finishing second with a time of 2:15.70. Junior Amalia Vogler finished fourth with a time of 2:17.44.

Three JU seniors went 2-4-5 in the 200-meter with Kiernan (24.19) leading Singleton (24.78) and Davenport (24.81) to the line.

In the 5,000-meter, while no points were scored, junior Alicia Gard-Kaminkow put on an inspirational performance lowering her personal best by one minute and 10 seconds, 18:36.37, with her 18th place finish.

The day was ended in style when Davenport, Freeman, Vogler and Singleton winning the 4x400-meter relay in new school and conference record fashion after running a time of 3:45.14.

JU will kick off its outdoor schedule on March 4 with the UNF Spring Break Open at Hodges Stadium on the UNF campus.