Track & field wraps up UCF Black & Gold Challenge
Junior Akeela Bravo
Junior Akeela Bravo
The JU track & field team completed another strong effort with a solid day at the UCF Black & Gold Challenge Saturday in Orlando, Fla.

Junior Akeela Bravo led the Dolphins by winning the discus throw with a toss of 147’8” and finishing second in the hammer (171’0”). Junior Charlene Charles (20’0.25”) and freshman Courtney Walker (19’0.75”) each posted personal bests in the long jump.

“I am pleased with the progress we have made in the last weeks,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “Each event area has showed some promise.”

Walker along with juniors Bienna Freman and Joane Pierre and senior Amalia Vogler finished third in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:46.90. Charles, Walker, freshman Shanique Walker and freshman Shadaey Campbell were fifth (45.05) in the 4x100-meter relay.

Courtney Walker also placed fifth in the 100-meter (11:84), while Charles ran a time of 13.90 for second in the 100-meter hurdles. Shanique Walker finished her day fourth in the triple jump (39’4”) and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.10).

Sophomore Svenja Meyer led the Dolphins in the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:44.93 (5th). Freshman Sarah Bailey was sixth in the 1,500-meter during her first outdoor meet with a time of 4:45.10. Freeman (56.38) and junior Joane Pierre (56.52) were third and fourth, respectively, in the 400-meter.

In the throws, senior Laura Phillips placed fourth in the discus (135’5”) and hammer (157’9”). Freshman Sally Marie Futch recorded a toss of 133’11 for fifth in the discus.

Other top performers included senior Stacey Young who finished seventh in the triple jump (37’3”) and 400-meter hurdles (1:04.43). Junior Sara Schunter took sixth in the discus with a toss of 125’8”.

The Dolphins will be back in action on March 30 for the UNF Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. at Hodges Stadium.