JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The JU indoor track & field team’s goal of repeating as conference champions for a record eighth straight time is within reach as the Dolphins lead the Atlantic Sun Championships after day one.
The Dolphins set two new school records including one conference meet record and had nine all-conference performances on the first of two days of competition.
Senior standout Charlene Charles became the first athlete in A-Sun history to win the long jump three times. She leaped a season best 19-04.25 to capture the title for the third time in the last four years. The Dolphins dominated the event with Courtney Walker finishing second (all-conference, 19-03.25), Taylor Story fifth (18.08.50), and Shanique Walker sixth (18.05.75).
Charles day was not over as returned in the high jump to pick up another all-conference honor with a jump of 5-07.00 that was good for tie for second.
The most impressive performance of the day came in the distance medley where the team of Bienna Freeman, Shadaey Campbell, Latonya Payne, and Joane Pierre crushed the field and shattered the meet record by over 15 seconds. Their time of 11:32.29 won the event by over 20 seconds and is also a new school record.
The second school record was set when Svenja Meyer ran a 10:01.58 in the 3000 meters to finish fourth and pick up five team points for the Dolphins. She bested the school record by over six seconds.
The Jacksonville throwers turned in strong performances as three Dolphins were able to finish in the top eight and score points. Akeela Bravo led the way with an all-conference performance finishing third with a throw of 42-11.50. Kree Clark was just a half inch behind Bravo to finish fourth after a 42-11.00 toss. Sara Schunter broke the 40 foot mark and finished seventh with a throw of 40-06.00.
The Dolphins got their first points of the meet after Petra Munkacsy turned in an all-conference performance in the pentathlon finishing third with a point total of 3,184. Her performance was highlighted by winning the 60 meter hurdles portion of the competition by nearly half a second with a time of 9.05. She finished fifth in the high jump and shot put, second in the long jump, and fourth in the 800 meters.
At the conclusion of the first day, the Dolphins hold a 10 point lead over ETSU with 66 total points.
Day two of the Championships is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.