FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012
Track & field closes second day of NCAA East Preliminary Round
Junior Bienna Freeman
Junior Bienna Freeman
The JU track & field team had two near misses for NCAA final berths Friday evening in the second day of the NCAA East Preliminary Round at North Florida Hodges Stadium.

Juniors Bienna Freeman and Joane Pierre narrowly fell outside of the top 12 in the 800-meter to qualify for the NCAA finals. Freeman was 13th in 2:06.76 which was only a few hundredths of a second away from Hampton’s Benita Taylor (2:06.70) for the final berth into the NCAA Championship. Pierre was also close after placing 14th with a personal-best time of 2:07.35.

“I couldn't be prouder of Bienna, Joane, Shanique (Walker) and Latonya (Payne),” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “They far exceeded their rankings entering the meet. Being so close to qualifying for Bienna and Joane is bitter sweet. But now they can taste it. This experience will be good for them and help raise the expectations of the entire program.”

Junior LaTonya Payne ran a time of 1:00.13 to place 20th in the 400-meter hurdle quarter final.

In the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Shanique Walker missed the quarterfinals despite running a personal-best time of 13.64 (32nd).

The Dolphins wrap the meet Saturday with the 4x100-meter relay quarterfinals at 6:15 p.m.

Freshmen Courtney Walker, Shanique Walker and Shadaey Campbell along with Payne and junior Charlene Charles are the possible runners for JU tomorrow in the relay. Both Walkers, Campbell and Payne won the 4x100-meter relay at the A-Sun meet in 45.28 to earn their quarterfinal berth.

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