TUESDAY, JULY 05, 2011
Track & field signs two national champions to round out 2012 class
The JU track & field team added two champion-caliber athletes to help with its winning tradition as the Dolphins signed Shanique Walker (San Jose, Calif.) and Petra Munkacsy (Budapest Hungary) to round out the 2012 recruiting class.

Walker, who attended Mt. Pleasant High School, is currently listed as the No. 4 long jumper and No. 6 triple jumper in the nation by Track & Field News. She won the triple Jump at the US Junior Track & Field Championships with a leap of 40’11.75” on June 25 after finishing second in the event in 2010.

“Shanique is a phenomenal talent who has been developed excellently by Coach Steve Nelson at Mt. Pleasant,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “She has national level ability, experience and aspirations. We believe she will add to our strong jumps tradition.”

Walker’s personal best in the long jump is a 20’0”, while she has a high of 41’6” in the triple jump. Walker also recorded a 14.11 in the 100-meter hurdles and tallied a personal best time of 43.60 in the 300-meter hurdles.

Munkacsy is the 2011 Hungarian National Champion in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.56 seconds. She also posted a personal best of 13.85 in the 100-meter hurdles.

Munkacsy comes from an accomplished athletic family as her father, Sándor, competed in the Decathlon in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and her mother, Bálint Zita set the Hungarian national triple jump record while competing in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

“Petra has the best hurdle times of anyone we have ever signed from high school,” said Grigg. “She wants to explore the combined events as well. We think she will add to our strong tradition in both areas. We have the potential from a pretty nice shuttle hurdle relay.”

Walker and Munkacsy are the seventh and eighth athletes, respectively, set to join the Dolphins next season after Sally Marie Futch (Statesboro, Ga., throws), Sarah Bailey (Vernon, British Columbia, distance), Shadaey Campbell (Orlando, Fla., sprints), Alexis Taylor (Sanford, Fla., hurdles), LaToya Payne (Mabbleton, Ga., sprints/hurdles) and Courtney Walker (Jacksonville, Fla., sprinter) each committed to JU earlier this semester.