Track and field signs two runners for the 2007 season

June 15, 2006

Jacksonville, Fla. - Coming off the heels of their most successful season in school history, Jacksonville University track & Field announced the signing of Kathryn Souviney (East Vassalboro, Maine) and Alyssa Deal (Boyers, Pa.) for the 2007 season.

"We are both pleased and fortunate to be able to add quality student-athletes like Katie and Alyssa," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "We now have a very deep and diverse group of new comers for the 2006-2007 season."

Souviney, a transfer from the University of Maine, will use her final eligibility at JU after winning the 2006 America East pentathlon with the Bears. At Maine, she set the school-record in the pentathlon with 3,554 points and the heptathlon with 4,705 points. Souviney also posted a school record 13.86 in the 100-meter hurdles.

"Katie is a pure combined event athlete," said Grigg. "She has set lofty goals for her last season of eligibility. She has the desire to both coach and compete as a post-collegian, which allows her to add veteran leadership and experience to a very good group of young combined event athletes."

Deal, a four-year letter winner at Moniteau High School, ran track and played basketball in her prep tenure. She recorded a personal-best 5:07.09 in the 1600-meters and a personal-best time of 2:19.9 in her senior season.

"Alyssa is very athletic," Grigg said. "In high school, she was a basketball player who only ran outdoor track. We are excited to see how much she can improve when she devotes her efforts to year round running. She will make an immediate impact on our distance medley relay and should challenge to be a scorer in individual middle distance events as a freshman in our conference."

Souviney and Deal joins Tiffanie Saxton (Tampa, Fla.), Devin Robinson (Baltimore, Md.), Hillary Crook (Mansfield, Mass.), Emilie Arvidsson (Skondal, Sweden) and Tiffany Broomfield (New Haven, Conn.) who signed early in the year with the Dolphins for the 2007 season.

In 2006, the Dolphins completed one of the best seasons in school history after taking home the Atlantic Sun Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championships. During the outdoor season, the Dolphins recorded 14 all-conference performances, eight individual conference titles, broke five school records and had eight runners qualify for 18 regional events. Freshman Natasha Harvey also shined by recording one of the best long jumps in the nation at the FSU Twilight (21'5.25") and represented the Dolphins in the long jump at the NCAA National Championship.