SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2006
Track & Field use a strong showing to start the 2006 indoor season.

Jan. 15, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla - Freshman Natasha Harvey finished in the top-five in three events to help the Jacksonville track and field team complete a strong showing in their first indoor meet of the 2006 season at the Florida Intercollegiate in Gainesville, Fla. on Sunday afternoon.

"Today was a good start to our indoor season," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "This time of year you can expect the power events to perform well, and they did just that."

Harvey, in her collegiate debut, ran a career-best in the 55-meter hurdles with a 8.20 mark to finish in fifth place. She finished fourth in the long jump after posting a 19-4.75 and wrapped up the day placing fourth in the shot put.

Senior Tissilli Rogers also begin the season well as she placed fifth in the 55-meters with a time of 7.07 and took first in section 10 of the 200-meter dash by posting a time of 26.28 Fellow teammate junior Janita Ocana finished first (7.19) in a separate section of the 55-meters.

Sophomore Janel Grooms finished third in section 11 of the 200-meters, but she was able to take a top spot in one of the heats for the 400-meter dash.

Other top Dolphin performers were freshman Shunisha McClinton who tossed a personal-best 40 inches to place first in the shot put. Despite battling illness, senior Lindsey Moffenbier placed third in the 5000-meter run and fourth in the mile. Sophomore Danielle Coyle finished sixth in the mile, while sophomore Fallon Heffernan took fourth in the 3000-meter run.

"I was really impressed by the marks posted today by Natasha, Tissilli and Shunisha," said Grigg. "The distance runners and long sprinters also gave good effort today. We just need to progress through the training schedule for each event group so that we can produce our best marks at the Atlantic Sun Championships."

The Dolphins will compete again this Saturday in the Florida Invitational in Gainesville.