SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012
Track & field rounds out NCAA East Preliminary Round
Junior LaTonya Payne
Junior LaTonya Payne
For the third straight day, the JU track & field team tallied another good effort at the NCAA East Preliminary Round Saturday in North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.

Freshmen Courtney Walker, Shanique Walker and Shadaey Campbell and junior LaTonya Payne ran a time of 45.41 in the 4x100-meter relay, falling only six spots shy of a NCAA finals berth.

"All four members of that relay team are new this year," JU head coach Ron Grigg said. "I am very proud that three freshman could advance as far as they did. This will be a good experience for them. Every performance this weekend outperformed our initial ranking. As a coach, you can't ask for much more than performing at your best at the most important meet against the strongest competition. We have a lot to be proud of as we look to the future."

The Dolphins close out the meet with seven athletes performing well in six events.

Payne (400-meter hurdles) along with juniors Bienna Freeman (800-meter) and Joane Pierre (800-meter) all reached the quarterfinals of their events.

Freeman and Pierre also fell two spots shy of claiming a NCAA Championship appearance.

Freshman Shanique Walker recorded a personal-best in the 100-meter hurdles, while junior Charlene Charles recorded a leap of 19’4.75” in the long jump.

Charles will continue on for the Dolphins as she competes in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships on June 6 in Des Moines, Iowa.