FRIDAY, MARCH 04, 2011
Track & field closes out first day of UNF Spring Break Open
Sophomore Joane Pierre and senior Ronnisha Hall set new program standards to lead the JU track & field team at the UNF Spring Break Open on Friday at Hodges Stadium.

Pierre finished third with a time of 17:14.90 to break the previous record in the 5,000-meter of 17:38.04 that was held by Alison Wilfong for the last 17 years.

Hall broke the school record in the discus after winning the event with a new personal-best throw of 148’7”.

“I couldn’t be happier with the performances we saw tonight,” said JU head Ron Grigg. “This was an excellent way to open a season. The throwers picked up right where they left off indoors with many personal bests and a new school record in the discus. Joane’s school record in the 5k shows that she has incredible range. I look forward to what tomorrow will bring in the 200, 1500 and 400 hurdles”

In the shot put, Hall placed third with a toss of 45’1.75”. Sophomore Akeela Bravo (40’0.5”) and sophomore Sara Schunter (38’8.25”) was sixth and seventh, respectively.

Bravo paced the Dolphins in the hammer throw with personal-best toss of 160’1” (3rd) after taking second in the discus with a 146’10”. Hall finished fourth in the hammer with a toss of 153’02”, while junior Cathy Agoris had a personal-best throw of 128’11” for ninth.

In other track events, senior Unique Singleton finished second in the 800-meter with a time of 2:14.22, while freshman Svenja Meyer was second (11:23.87) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Junior Bailee Hedstrom was ninth in the 5,000-meter with a time of 18:20.35 and sophomore Morgan Keel ran a personal-best 18:27.37 (13th). Junior Alicia Gard-Kaminkow shaved two minutes off her personal best in the 10,000-meter with a time of 40:12.39 (7th) to round out the day for the JU runners.

The Dolphins compete again tomorrow for the final day of the open at Hodges Stadium.