SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2007
Track and Field's dominating performance secures second consecutive A-Sun Outdoor Championship title

May 12, 2007

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The JU track and field team literally left its competition in the dust with a blistering Saturday performance to win the 2007 Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Dolphins, who were tied at second with 33 points, tallied 146 points on the final day to finish with an overall tally of 179 to win their second consecutive outdoor championship. Belmont was the closet competition in second place by finishing 82 points behind JU at 97. The victory also gave JU its second consecutive title sweep in the last two years after earning the A-Sun Indoor Track title on Feb. 17.

In all, JU had 16 all-conference performances and six conference champions, while also having 15 of their 17 participants score points in the meet. The Dolphins scored 104 points in track events, enough to win the team title alone, and had 75 points in the field events to complete the well-rounded effort.

Sophomore Janel Grooms was tabbed "Most Outstanding Track Performer" by winning the 400-meter dash and 400-meter hurdles in less than an hour span, while head coach Ron Grigg took home "Coach of the Year" honors for the fourth consecutive A-Sun meet.

"It was an overall great team scoring effort across the board today," said Grigg. "A good team saves its best performances for when they count and that is exactly what our team did."

Grooms won the 400-meter dash with a school record and regional qualifying time of 53.92. Less than 55-mintues later, she took the 400-meter hurdles with a regional qualifying mark of 1:00.36 to secure the top track athlete accolades.

Freshman Ali Ritter stepped up for the Dolphins by winning the 1,500-meter run with a 4:47.56, while finishing third in the 800-meter run (2:15.57).

Senior Janita Ocana and sophomore Natasha Harvey each finished with a meet-high 36 points to help JU earn its second consecutive title.

Ocana took first in the triple jump (38'9"), while placing second in the 200-meter dash (24.06) and long jump (19'5.25"). She also had a regional qualifying time of 53.99 in the 400-meter dash to place second.

Harvey earned first-place marks in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.21 and long jump with a leap of 20'3.5". She also placed second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.13), third in the triple jump (38'1.25") and taking fifth in the javelin (103-08).

Harvey and Ocana also teamed with Devin Robinson and Simone Clark in the 4x100-meter relay to run a season best time of 45.91 to finish second.

Seniors Lindsay George and Lindsey Moffenbier also fared well for the Dolphins in their final A-Sun meet. George earned a fifth place tally in the shot put with a 39'8" and finished fourth in the javelin with a toss of 117'10". Moffenbier posted a time of 18:42.61 in the 5,000-meter run after taking third in the 10,000-meter run (38:49.88) on Friday night.

In the heptathlon, freshman Tiffany Bromfield earned a second place finish with 3,971 points, while fellow teammate Emelie Arvidsson took sixth. Bromfield would also run a time of 15.28 to finish fourth in the 100-meter hurdles.

Other top JU performances included Shaquania Lundy, who placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 38'8.75". Lunday also placed fourth in the long jump with a season-best leap of 18'5" to finish fourth on Friday night. Clark would later take hird in the 100-meter hurdles (14.83) and fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:07.29) at the meet, while Robinson ran a time of 12.44 to finish fifth in the 100-meter dash. Freshman Alyssa Deal (4:51.25) and Danielle Coyle (4:56.26) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 1,500-meter run. Hillary Crook took fourth in the shot put with a toss of 39'10.5", while Ashley Zilles finished sixth (39'5") in the same event to wrap up the Dolphins' day.

The Dolphins will be back in action on Friday, May 25 when JU's regional qualifiers compete at the NCAA East Regional in Gainesville, Fla.