Track & field closes good day at UCF Black & Gold Challenge
Against some of the best teams in the country, senior Ronnisha Hall and sophomore Akeela Bravo rose to the occasional with school-record tosses in the hammer to lead the JU track & field team on the UCF Black & Gold Challenge on Saturday in Orlando.

Hall posted a toss of 174’6” to win the hammer, while Bravo posted a throw of 165’6” to finish second. Senior Unique Singleton (56.2), sophomore Bienne Freeman (57.3), sophomore Joane Pierre (56.7) and junior Amalia Vogler (57.3) placed second in the 4x400-meter relay after running a time of 3:47.67 for the Dolphins.

“We had some nice performances today and moved one step closer our goal of performing well at the A-Sun Championship in a month,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We continue to be led by Ronnisha, Akeela and the throws group. Stacey (Young) and Danielle (Davenport) ran personal bests in their events, and I thought Bienna and Amalia ran good 400s, dropping down from their normal 800-meter event.”

Hall also led the Dolphins in the shot put with a toss of 46’7.5” (4th), while Bravo took sixth with a 42’8.75”. Bravo paced JU in the discus with a 139’6” for eighth and sophomore Sara Schunter recorded a toss of 128’06” (10th) in the hammer throw.

Junior Stacey Young ran a 13:81 to finish second in the 100-meter hurdles, while also recording a leap of 18’2.5” (3rd) in the long jump. In the 200-meter, senior Danielle Davenport ran a personal best time of 24.16 (8th).

In the 400-meter, Freeman was fourth with a time of 56.87, while junior Amalia Vogler was right behind her with a 57.55 (5th). Freshman Svenja Meyer took fourth in the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:48.53 (4th) and sophomore Morgan Keel was sixth with a 4:50.51.

Other top performers included sophomore Rayanna Johnson who finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 17:10.75. Singleton was sixth in the 800-meter (2:17.38), while Meyer was seventh after running a 2:23.88.

The Dolphins will return to Orlando starting Friday for the UCF Invitational.