Track & Field Earns National Academic Awards

Aug. 17, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's track and field team received its fourth consecutive all-academic team award, while freshman Fallon Heffernan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) and sophomore Janita Ocana (Jacksonville/Ed White) were each named to the all-academic team, it was announced by the National Collegiate Division I Track Coaches Association. The Dolphins, who tied for 16th in the nation with a 3.23 GPA, were the highest ranking program in the Atlantic Sun Conference and the second highest in the state of Florida (Florida - 9th, 3.30).

The team award is given to track and field teams, whose student-athletes earn a combined 3.0 GPA or better during the year. The individual award was given to student-athletes who met the GPA requirement and also qualified for NCAA Regionals in their respective events.

"I'm proud to see the women in our program being recognized as true student-athletes," said head coach Ron Grigg. "They've proven the ability to achieve at the highest level both in the classroom and on the track."

Heffernan finished the year with the 3.83 GPA and set a new Atlantic Sun Conference Championship record in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:49.64. Ocana finished with a 3.25 GPA and took first at the A-Sun Championships with a leap of 19-4 ¼ in the long jump.

The Dolphins finished fourth in the A-Sun Championships for the second consecutive season after tallying 70 points.