Dolphins return to Gainesville for the Jimmy Carnes Invitational

Just one week after competing in the Florida Gator Invitational, the JU track & field team is headed back to Gainesville on Sunday for the Jimmy Carnes Invitational. 

The Dolphins return to a familiar venue where they have experienced much success in the past.  This will mark the fifth straight year that JU has participated in the annual meet put on by the Gainesville Sports Committee.  Over 700 collegiate and independent athletes are registered to partake in the competitions.  At last year’s meet, the 4x400-meter relay team consisting of sophomores Courtney Walker, Shanique Walker, Shadaey Campbell and junior LaTonya Payne won the event in a time of 3:50.96.

"The goal for Sunday is to show small improvements over last weekend,” said Dolphin head coach Ron Grigg.  “We had a nice meet last weekend, but there is room for improvement.  Athletes will be competing in their primary events on Sunday and will give us a good indication of our standing within the conference."   

JU started off the season last week with a strong performance including five individual wins. 

The highlight of the meet came when Shanique Walker won the 55 meter hurdles and broke the school record held by former All-American Natasha Harvey with a time of 7.98. 

Senior distance runner Joane Pierre turned in a dominant performance as well in the mile posting a time of 4:57.46 to beat the field by over 11 seconds. 

With less than a month left before the Atlantic Sun Championships, the Dolphins will look to build off their strong start to 2013 and continue their bid towards a record eighth straight conference title. 

Links to the meet schedule as well aslive results have been made available.