FRIDAY, MAY 04, 2007
Track and Field signs four student-athletes for the 2008 season

May 2, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championships less than a week away, the JU track and field team is already looking ahead to next year by signing four student-athletes for the 2008 season, it was announced Friday by head coach Ron Grigg.

Making their way to Jacksonville next season are three products from the state of Florida, including local product Laura Phillips (Nease/St. Augustine, Fla.). Phillips will be joined by Stephanie Brown (Ft. Myers, Fla.), Unique Singleton (Kissimmee, Fla.) and Stacey Young (Lithonia, Ga.)

"We are very excited about this group," said Grigg. "All of these young ladies fit the character of our program. Not only are they good athletes, but they are good students and have great personalities.

"Each one should have the ability to make significant contributions to our program from their very first moments on campus. As our current student-athletes mature, these four women will give us a high level of young talent to mix well with our veteran leadership."

Phillips, currently a senior at Nease High School, was the 2007 Florida 3A State fourth place finisher in the discus throw with a toss of 122' 2". She also competed on the basketball and volleyball squads during her four-year tenure.

"Laura is an exceptional athlete," Grigg said. "She is a high standout in basketball and volleyball as well as track and field. Coach Brown at Nease (a JU grad and former baseball player) has helped Laura develop into a Division I track and field prospect. She will be a versatile thrower who will adapt well to the new hammer and javelin implements."

Brown recently won the Florida 2A State Championship in the 200-meter dash (24.69) for Bishop Verot High School. She also managed to place second in the 400-meter with a time of 55.44 and took seventh in the triple jump at the state meet in Orlando, Fla.

"Each year Coach Thomas has Stephanie at her best for the state championship series," said Grigg. "Her performances will immediately impact the A-Sun and our relay teams."

Singleton is currently a senior at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Fla. In 2007, she was the 4A state runner-up in the 400-meter (54.57) and placed third in the 200-meter dash (24.55). Singleton has also recorded a triple jump mark of 37'3".

"Unique has shown steady improvement over her career," Grigg said. "Coach Pinellas has done a great job of making her a student of the sport. Like Stephanie (Brown), she will impact the conference and our relays greatly as a freshman and will look to be a regional qualifier early in her career."

Young, a senior at Martin Luther King High School, in Lithonia Ga., ranks second in the state of Georgia in the 100-meter hurdles (14.33), fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (44.03) and is sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 37'8.25".

"Stacey is a very versatile athlete," said Grigg. "She is a veteran of the summer track circuit running for Coach Ross and the Sapphire track club. Stacey will add to our strong hurdle tradition at JU."

The current Dolphin team will be back in action on May 11-12 to compete at the 2007 A-Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Johnson City, Tenn.