THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012
Track & field competes at Georgia Tech Invitational starting Friday
Junior Joane Pierre
Junior Joane Pierre
The JU track & field team is back in action with the Georgia Tech Invitational starting Friday in Atlanta.

The Dolphins will use this meet as an opportunity to improve marks as they prep for the NCAA East Preliminary Round on May 24 at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville.

"This is our 'last chance' to improve upon our NCAA East Rankings,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “It’s also a final opportunity to work on technical execution before the NCAA East Preliminary Round. We've looked very sharp in training and the level of competition will provide the desired setting for excellent performances.”

Junior Akeela Bravo and senior Laura Phillips will each compete in the discus throw to try and build on their strong A-Sun Outdoor Championship Performances.

Phillips won the discus at the A-Sun Championship with a conference, team and personal best toss of 153’5”. Bravo won two of three throwing events at the A-Sun meet to earn Most Outstanding Performer and Most Valuable Field Performer honors.

The Dolphins will send juniors Bienna Freeman and Joane Pierre to compete in the 800-meter. Freeman won the 800-meter at the A-Sun meet in 2:07.63, while Pierre was second in 2:08.51. At the Pepsi Florida Relays April 6, Freeman ran a program-record 2:07.16 which ranks 33rd in the East region standings.

Pierre will also be in the 1,500-meter for the Dolphins after winning the event at the A-Sun Championships in 4:31.41.

Freshmen Shadaey Campbell and Courtney Walker will each represent the Dolphins in the 100-meter. Walker won the 100-meter with a Hodges Stadium record time of 11.57 in the conference meet. Campbell had a time of 12.28 in the event on March 30 at the UNF Invitational.

Freshman Shanique Walker will be in the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump for JU, while senior Stacey Young will also compete in the 100-meter hurdles. Young ran a time of 13.55 to win the event at the A-Sun meet. Walker was fourth (13.91) the hurdles and second in the triple jump (40’1.25”).

JU will send junior LaTonya Payne to compete in the 400-meter hurdles. She won the event in 1:00.51 at the A-Sun Championships and ran a 1:00.45 at the Pepsi Florida Relays.

The Dolphins will run in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays, but they will not determine those lineups until the meet.