Dolphins Have Strong Meet at FSU Invitational

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--  The JU  track & field team had a solid showing at the FSU Seminole Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the Mike Long Track on the campus of Florida State. 

The Dolphins had seven career best performances and set one school record during the two days of competition.

“We had a really good weekend of performances,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg.  “We hope to stay on this trajectory through the conference meet.  We have a few more people to add to the mix in the next few weeks, and we will be hitting on all cylinders.”

Senior Joane Pierre shattered her previous school record in the 1500m by nearly six seconds en route to a third place finish.  Her time of 4:18.27 ranks in the top 10 nationally this season.

Sophomore Shanique Walker had excelled at the meet finishing in the top five in three events.  She won the 100m hurdles in a time of 13.71, finished second and was the top collegiate finisher in the triple jump with a distance of 12.08m, and finished fifth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.54.   

Fellow sophomore Courtney Walker finished fourth in the 200m with a time of 24.08 and fourth in the 400m with a time of 54.76.  Her 400m time was the fifth fastest in program history.

Seniors Bienna Freeman and LaTonya Payne finished sixth and seventh in the 400m with times of 55.82 and 56.35.  Payne also finished second in the 400m hurdles and recorded the second fastest time in JU history with a 59.77.

The 4x400m relay team of Freeman (55.4), Payne (54.5), Courtney Walker (54.0), and Alexis Taylor (58.0) finished second with a time of 3:41.89 which is the Dolphins fastest time this season.

Taylor also finished sixth in the 400m hurdles (1:02.60) and 11th in the open 400m (58.42).

Freshman Kree Clark was the top collegiate finisher and second overall in the discus with a long toss of 45.94m.  She also finished fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 46.58m. 

Sophomore Sally Marie Futch had personal bests in the discus (41.30m) and shot put (11.98m).  She also finished fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 47.71m.

Senior Sara Schunter also set personal records in the discus and shot put with throws of 38.59m and 12.28m.  She finished seventh in the hammer throw as well (43.38m).

Freshman Kaitlyn Taylor had the fifth best collegiate triple jump and sixth overall (11.41m).

The Dolphins return to action next weekend when they travel once again to Gainesville, Fla. to take part in the Tom Jones Invitational.