Two Wins and Eight Second-Place Finishes at UNF Invite
Shanique Walker
Shanique Walker

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University track and field competed on Saturday at the North Florida Invitational to two individual wins and eight second-place finishes following the team’s record-breaking performance at Thursday’s historic Penn Relays.

"We had an excellent day,” Head Coach Ron Grigg said. “Truly one of the best meets in my tenure. We have had some adversity and health issues, but we have many individuals still forging forward.

“They are tough and competitive, which is all a coach can ask for."

Jacksonville finished 1-2-3 in the discus throw as Samantha Turner won, Kree Clark earned second and Sally Marie Futch third. Turner tossed 47.50m (155-10), Clark 46.37m (152-01) and Futch 43.75m (143-06).

Shanique Walker won the 400m hurdles in 58.51 seconds, just ahead of Florida Atlantic’s Danielle Aromashodu (58.82 seconds) and UCF’s Sandy Jean-Claude (59.67 seconds).

Kaitlyn Taylor leapt to a second-place finish in the long jump of 11 athletes reaching 5.73m (18-09.75). UCF’s Jen Clayton won with 6.42m (21-00.75). Taylor also earned second in the triple jump with 12.07m (39-07.25) while Tiaona Smith placed third with 11.56m (37-11.25).

JU’s 4x100m relay squad finished second of five teams in 44.89 seconds, just a hair behind UCF’s winning team in 44.80.

In the hammer throw, Clark, Futch and Turner placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Clark tossed 52.11m (170-11), Futch 49.99m (164-00) and Turner 46.73m (153-04).

In the 100m dash, Courtney Walker led the Fins in fourth place in 11.61 seconds. Shadaey Campbell earned sixth in 11.68 seconds and Chynna Monica Chung 14th in 12.22 seconds.

Shanique Walker finished second in the 100m hurdles in 13.43 seconds while Tatiana Wolfe placed fifth in 14.05 seconds.

In the 200m dash, Courtney Walker and Shadaey Campbell placed second and third, respectively, clocking in 23.78 seconds and 23.87 seconds. Chung finished seventh in 24.89 seconds.

Caitlin Marino finished second of three in the 3,000m steeplechase in 11:51.18. North Florida’s Elle Baker won in 11:01.98 while North Florida’s Kelly Hensley placed third in 12:07.44.

In the shot put, Turner earned second of 12 with a toss of 13.67m (44-10.25), Futch placed fifth with 12.17m (39-11.25) and Petra Munkacsy finished seventh with 9.67m (31-08.75).

Next, Jacksonville is slated to compete at the Seminole Twilight in Tallahassee on May 10.