SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2006
Track & Field win A-Sun Outdoor Championship
April 15, 2006
CLERMONT, Fla. - The Jacksonville women's track & field team pulled off the sweep on Saturday, winning the Atlantic Sun Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship at the National Training Center.
Trailing Gardner-Webb entering the final day, Jacksonville used its speed on the track to get 145 points and win by 45 over the Bulldogs to clinch the title. The win gives the Dolphins both the Indoor and Outdoor titles this season.
"It was close to a perfect meet for us," said JU head coach Ron Grigg, the A-Sun Coach of the Year. "We won seven events and had seven additional all-conference performances. The athletes were just determined to win the team championship."
Janita Ocana put on an impressive display in the track events, winning the 100 (11.88) and 200-meter dash (24.00) to earn "Most Outstanding Track Performer." Ocana also finished second in the long jump at 19'9.5" to qualify for regionals. She also claimed all-conference honors in the triple jump, finishing second with a jump of 36'11.5".
Natasha Harvey won "Most Outstanding Freshman Performer" by setting a school and A-Sun championship record in the long jump at 20'9", the fifth best jump in the country and the second best jump in the region. She also won the 100 (14.06) and 400-meter hurdles (1:101.49) and also anchored the winning 4x100 relay with a Tissilli Rogers, Ocana and Simone Clark. She earned all-conference honors in the triple jump, finishing third at 36'8.25".
Shunisha McClinton was dominant in the field events, winning the shot put with a throw of 43'8.5". She took second in the discus with a throw of 126'4" and fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 129'11".
Fallon Heffernan won the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:04.13, winning by 15 seconds. She also finished sixth in the 5000-meter race with a time of 18:28.24.
All seven event champions qualified for the NCAA Regionals, as well as Ocana's second place long jump. The regionals are in Greensboro, N.C. and hosted by North Carolina A&T. The Dolphins are back in action again next weekend at the LSU Alumni Gold Meet in Baton Rouge, La.
2005-06 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD