SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2007
Track and Field begins season with high marks at the Florida Intercollegiate

Jan. 13, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

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Sophomore Natasha Harvey recorded the nation's second leading long jump to help the Jacksonville University track and field team start the 2007 indoor season on a high note at the Florida Intercollegiate on Saturday afternoon.

"As can be expected in the first meet of the season, we had some good and not so good performances," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. I think our newcomers received a great reality check, while many of our veterans picked up right where they left off last year.

"We need to evaluate our performances, both positive and negative, and set about the business of getting better."

In her first long jump event since 2006 World Junior Championships, Harvey was the top collegian (second overall) with her provisional qualifying mark of 20'9". She also ran time of 8.16 to finish sixth in the 55-meter hurdles and recorded a peasonal-best throw of 38'3.5" in the shot put to place 13th to finish the day.

Senior Janita Ocana, a Jacksonville native, helped produced three of the Dolphins' top five finishes at the O'Connell Center.

She placed fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.98 and took eighth in the 55-meter dash with 7.17. In the long jump, Ocana recorded a mark of 19'4" (5.89m) to finish fifth.

"Natasha had an overall great day and it will be interesting to see how she does in the pentathlon next week," Grigg said. "Also, Janita has never looked so good to start a year"

Sophomore Janel Grooms took JU's third highest finish of the day by finishing fifth in the 400-meter dash with 58:08, while fellow teammate Simone Clark placed 22nd (1:02.50) in the same event.

Clark would later finish ninth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.28.

Other top performers were freshman Alyssa Deal, who ran a time of 5.16.77 in the mile to finish 10th. Freshmen Hillary Crook (40'6'), Ashley Zilles (35'8.75") and Tiffany Bromfield (33'5.75") each finished in the top-20 of the shot put. Bromfield also placed 19th in the 55-meter hurdles with an 8.49. "I thought Alyssa in the mile, Hillary in the shot put and Tiffany in the hurdles did a good job as freshmen," said Grigg.

The Dolphins are back in action on Friday, Jan. 19 as they travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete in the Razorback Invitational.