FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2001
Women's, Men's Track & Field In Third After Day One Of TAAC Championships

April 20, 2001

ORLANDO, Fla. - The women's and men's track and field teams are in third place with 19 and 10 points, respectively, after Day One of the Trans America Athletic Conference Championships in Orlando, Fla.

Danuto Ivanochko (LaRonge, Sascatchuan) became JU's first TAAC champion of 2001 after winning the women's long jump with a mark of 5.58 meters. Ivanochko's jump earned the women 10 points.

Chelsea Knight (Ypsilanti, Minn.) finished fourth in the women's 10,000-meter run, earning the Dolphins four points, with a time of 39:05.55. Right behind Knight, finishing fifth with a time of 39:31.21, was April Nudo-Patterson (Jacksonville, Fla.), earning JU two points.

Andrea Pressley (Temple Hills, Md.) earned the final three points of the women's score with her fifth-place finish in the javelin throw (32.87 meters, two team points), and her sixth-place mark in the hammer throw (20.18 meters, one team point).

The women were successful in their preliminary heats, and the finals will be run tomorrow afternoon. In the women's 100-meter dash, JU will have three sprinters competing in the finals, led by Monique Tubbs' (Holbrook, Mass.) top time of 11.76. Tiffany Wright (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) placed second in her heat and will advance to the finals with a time of 12.50. Safiya Davy's (Mitchville, Md.) rounds out the field with a prelim time of 12.15, which was fast enough, despite her third-place finish in her heat.

Later in day, Davy broke her previous TAAC meet record of 14.00 in the 100-meter hurdles with a blistering run of 13.80 in the preliminary heats. Pressley, who turned in the fifth-fastest prelim time of 14.57, will join Davy in tomorrow's final.

In men's action, the Dolphins earned six points in the long jump, led by Stephen Colbert's fourth-place mark of 6.66 meters, which was worth four points. Russell Cheatham (Rockledge, Fla.) placed fifth with a jump of 6.64 meters, earning JU two points.

Dan Irby (Wachula, Fla.) picked up JU's final four points in the javelin throw with a toss of 48.08 meters.

The Dolphins finished the men's 100-meter dash preliminary heats with the top four times heading into tomorrow's championship race. Jon Underhill (Plantation, Fla.) and Kevin Baxter (Zephyerhills, Fla.) lead the way after tying with the top prelim time of 10.76. Boshawn Mack (Clearwater, Fla.) and Brent Alexander (Tampa, Fla.) round out the Dolphins with times of 10.90 and 10.92, respectively.

The final day of competition starts tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. with the women's 5,000-meter run, and will conclude with the women's 4x400 relay at 4:40 p.m.