SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2012
Track & Field wins seventh straight A-Sun Indoor title
A strong finish helped the JU track & field team lock up its seventh straight Atlantic Sun Indoor Championship on Saturday in Johnson City, Tenn.

Despite replacing nine scorers from last season and six newcomers, the Dolphins recorded 164 points to take the title for the seventh consecutive year. Kennesaw State was second with 143 points, while North Florida came in third (136). East Tennessee State (107), USC Upstate (51), Lipscomb (40) and Belmont (20) rounded out the rest of the field.

JU newcomer Courtney Walker earned Most Outstanding Freshman Performer honors, while head coach Ron Grigg was named Coach of the Year for the seventh time.

"This was a hard fought and well-earned victory,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “We knew we would need all event groups to contribute and they got the job done."

Walker earned first place in the 60-meter (7.54) and later ran a leg of the 4x400-meter with sophomore LaTonya Payne and freshman Shanique Walker and Shadaey Campbell that was second in 3:46.92. Walker was also second in the 200-meter (24.41) and the long jump (18’9”) yesterday.

"Courtney Walker was special these last two days,” Grigg said. “Time and time again she produced incredible competitive efforts and the future for her is bright."

Senior Stacey Young led the Dolphins in the 60-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 8:54 (2nd).

Shanique Walker (8.68), freshman Petra Munkacsy (8.69) and junior Charles (8.72) was third through fifth, respectively, behind Young in the hurdles. Walker also earned a second place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 39’8”.

Junior Joane Pierre won the mile for the Dolphins in 4:56.43, while junior Bienna Freeman was first in the 800-meter (2:14.36). Pierre was third in the same event with a time of 2:16.53.

Charles also got points for the Dolphins in the 60-meter (7.74, 6th) and 200-meter (25.29, 8th). Young earned points in the triple jump with a leap of 38’10.25”.

Other top five performances included Payne’s time of 57.11 in the 400-meter for fourth. Junior Akeela Bravo was fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 50’10.75”. Senior Amaila Volger ran a time of 2:17.17 to place fifth in the 800-meter. Junior Morgan Keel was fifth in the mile in 5:04.32.

Sophomore Svenja Meyer earned points for JU in the mile with a time of 5:08.62 (7th). Campbell also secured points for the Dolphins in the 400-meter (58.74) and 60-meter (7.82).

The Dolphins will turn their focus to the outdoor campaign starting March 2 with the UNF Open at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville.