Track and Field leads Atlantic Sun Indoor Track and Field Championship

Feb. 17, 2006

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Freshmen Natasha Harvey and Simone Clark finished first and second in the women's pentathlon to help the Jacksonville University Indoor Track team led the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track Championships in Johnson City, Tenn. after the first day of competition on Friday.

"We had a phenomenal day," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "We exceeded expectations and hopefully we continue this again on the second day."

The Dolphins have team lead with 61 points followed by Kennesaw State with 32.67. Florida Atlantic ranks third by posting 32 points, while Gardner-Webb (16.33) and host East Tennessee State (14) round out the top five.

Harvey won the pentathlon after placing first in the pentathlon long jump with an 18-01, first in the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles (8.81) and second in the pentathlon shot put with a toss of 32-03.50. Clark finished second in the pentathlon a mere 51 points behind her teammate by winning the pentathlon high jump with a mark of 5-02.25 and finishing to Harvey in both the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles and pentathlon long jump.

"Natasha and Simone got us off to a great start," said Grigg. "We asked a lot of them today. They competed in 5 events in the morning and then came back in the afternoon for their prelims in the hurdles and one jumping event final each."

Later in the afternoon the Dolphins got another 1-2 sweep in the long jump. Junior Janita Ocana won the event with a leap of 19-01.25 followed closely by Harvey with her second place jump of 18-10.5.

Clark returned to the infield for an unexpected fourth place finish in the high jump with a mark of 5-03.75.

Senior Lindsey Moffenbier, sophomore Janel Grooms, senior Keiona Frenche and sophomore Fallon Heffernan ran a time of 12:19.94 in the distance medley to finish in second place.

Heffernan also finished fourth in the 3000-meter run (10:25.43) for the Dolphins.

Freshman Shunisha McClinton tallied a 42-01.25 in the shot put to place second, while junior Lindsay George added a mark of 38-07.00 to finish in fifth place.

The Dolphins qualified both of their entrants in the 60-meter dash. Ocana posted a lifetime best of 7.54 to lead all qualifiers and senior Tissilli Rogers is ranked third heading into tomorrow's final. Both Harvey and Clark continued their busy day by qualifying for the 60-meter hurdles final to be held on Saturday.

"Everyone handled their business today," said Grigg. "We still need to remain focused and work hard on Saturday as there are talented teams that will look to overtake us."

The Dolphins wrap up the final day of the A-Sun Indoor Track championship on Saturday.