SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2006
Track and Field blazes on the bayou at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational

April 22, 2006

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Jacksonville University track and field team only traveled five athletes to the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational, but produced six lifetime bests and six regional qualifiers to continue their stellar 2006 campaign on Saturday afternoon at the Bernie Moore Track Complex.

"It is hard to pick one best performance of the weekend," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "I am glad to see there has been no letdown from the great conference meet last weekend. We will take next weekend off for final exams and then be back at it for meets at FSU and Georgia Tech. Hopefully we can continue to keep moving up the regional and national lists."

Freshman Natasha Harvey finished third in the long jump with a mark of 20'10'' to improve on the school record that she set at the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Championship on April 15. Her jump ranks second in the world among athletes under the age of 20. Harvey's mark also is fifth in the east region and eighth in the NCAA.

Harvey ran a lifetime best in the 100-meter hurdles by improving her regional qualifying mark with a time of 13.89 to finish 10th place.

Junior Janita Ocana jumped a lifetime best 20'0.5" in the long jump, which now ranks 15th in east region. She also produced a regional qualifying mark of 23.81 to finish fifth in the 200-meter dash. Her blistering time is 11th in the east region.

Other top Dolphins performers were Janel Grooms who placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a regional qualifying time of 1:00.63. Freshman Simone Clark recorded a lifetime best in the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.66) to place eighth and a lifetime best in the 100-meter hurdles (14.13). Senior Tissilli Rogers took 12th place in the 100-meter dash, while also helping Clark, Harvey and Ocana produce a season-best 45.73 in the 4X100-meter relay to place sixth. Their 4X100-meter relay time ranks eighth in the east region.

The Dolphins will race again on Saturday, May 6, in Tallahassee, Fla. at the FSU Twilight.