FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
Track & field in first after first day of A-Sun Championships
Photo courtesy of ASunPhotos.com
Photo courtesy of ASunPhotos.com
The JU track & field team had a good effort across the board to take first place after the first day of competition in the A-Sun Outdoor Championships at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.

The Dolphins lead the competition with 64 points followed by host UNF with 50. Lipscomb (33), Kennesaw State (29), East Tennessee State (23), USC Upstate (20) and Belmont (15) make up the rest of the field.

“Today was a near perfect day,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “The throwers got us started with a great performance in the hammer and the rest of the team responded from there. We need a focused effort tomorrow as we will be likely dealing with adverse weather conditions. We look forward to the challenge.”

Junior Akeela Bravo and senior Laura Phillips finished first and second in the hammer and shot put to pace the throwers. Bravo had a mark of 173’5” in the hammer before winning the shot put with 44’10.25”. Phillips recorded a 164’11” in the hammer and a toss of 43’7” in the shot put.

In the long jump, junior Charlene Charles won her second title in three seasons with a leap of 19’9.75”. Freshman Courtney Walker was third with a 19’0”, while freshman Shanqiue Walker scored points with a seventh place finish (18’1.00”).

Charles, Shanique Walker, senior Stacey Young and freshman Petra Munkacsy all earned spots into Saturday’s 100-meter hurdle final. Young finished first in the preliminaries in 13.72, while Walker was third in 13.88. Young placed fourth with a time of 14.08 and Munkacsy was eighth in 14.54.

Courtney Walker posted a Hodges Stadium record time of 11.70 for first in the 100-meter preliminaries and securing a spot into the final tomorrow.

Other scorers for JU were sophomore Svenja Meyer who finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:58.30. Freshman Sally Marie Futch also excelled in the hammer throw by finishing fifth (152’11”), while junior Sara Schunter took eighth with a 145’1”.

Due to pending storms tomorrow, the final portion of the meet has been moved up to avoid potential delays. The heptathlon will begin its final events at 8 a.m., while JU kicks off the final second session at 11 a.m. with the discus.