Track and Field wins second consecutive A-Sun Indoor Track and Field Championship

Feb. 17, 2007

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - For the second straight year, the Jacksonville University track and field team dominated to win the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track and Field Championship in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Dolphins led from the start and finished with an astounding 150 overall points, which nearly doubled the second place mark of 81 points by Belmont and East Tennessee State.

JU had 16 all-conference performances, including eight conference champions and five conference records. In addition there were four other point scoring performances throughout the two-day event.

Senior Janita Ocana was named "Most Outstanding Field Performer" after winning the long jump with championship record jump of 19'06.75" and placing fourth in the triple jump with 36'02.25".

Alyssa Deal was the second Dolphin in two conference indoor meets to earn "Most Outstanding Freshman Performer" accolades, while Head coach Ron Grigg was named "Coach of the Year" for the second consecutive indoor season to round out the JU individual honors.

"We greatly exceeded all expectations," said Grigg. "We have surprising wins by the distance medley relay team, Janel Grooms and Simone Clark. Now it's time for us to start focusing on the outdoor season so we can compete for a title there too."

Ocana also had championship record performances in the 60-meter dash (7.53) and 200- meter dash (24:21). On Friday, she ran the 400 leg the put JU in the lead during the distance medley.

Deal earned top freshman accolades by finishing third in the mile (5:12.12) and 800-meter runs (2:21.17). She also helped anchor the winning distance medley relay team with Ocana, Alison Ritter and Tiffanie Saxton that recorded a time of 12:19.52.

Sophomore Natasha Harvey accounted for 28 of JU's points after winning the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.72, while placing second in the long jump on Friday at 19'05.5". Harvey also was second in the triple jump with a mark of 37'00.25" and fifth in the 60-meter dash (7.71).

Sophomore Simone Clark tallied 18 points for the Dolphins by winning the women's indoor pentathlon on Friday and finishing second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.99.

Shaquania Lundy took first in the triple jump with a championship record jump of 37'09.5", while sophomore Janel Grooms won the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.69 to wrap up JU's first place finishes.

Other top performers at the A-Sun meet were Hillary Crook, who placed third in the shot put (41'01.5") and seventh in the weight throw (38'08.75"). Senior Lindsay George finished fourth in the shot put on Friday with a throw of 40'01.5", while Tiffany Bromfield took second in the women's indoor pentathlon and third in the 60-meter hurdles with 9.20.

The Dolphins will now start preparing to defend their 2006 A-Sun outdoor track title when they open the outdoor season on March 29 at the FSU Relays in Tallahassee, Fla.