Dolphins ranked 7th in U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Region

After the most successful meet in school history, the JU indoor track & field team jumped up nine spots to be ranked 7th in the South Region of the USTFCCCA poll. 

The Dolphins, out of last week’s top 15 shot ahead of such major national programs as Miami, Alabama, and Auburn. 

Jacksonville’s arrival into the top 10 is due the performances it had at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup hosted by Penn State last weekend.  Overall the Dolphins broke four school records and won four events in the power packed meet.

Senior Charlene Charles put on a show in the heptathlon winning an impressive four out of the five events.  Her point total of 4,049 points ranks 10th nationally this season. 

Fellow senior Bienna Freeman broke her own school record by over a second to win the 800 meters by posting a time of 2:08.17.  She was also part of the distance medley relay team that finished in 11:36.48 setting a JU record. 

The versatile Shanique Walker set her second record of the indoor season by posting an impressive 8.37 in the 60 meter hurdles to win the event.  She also jumped over 40 feet in the triple jump to finish third. 

The Dolphins now have three weeks to get themselves prepared to defend their Atlantic Sun Championship which takes place on February 22 in Johnson City, Tenn.