Jacksonville Eyes Seventh-Straight Indoor Title This Weekend

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – After capturing six-straight Atlantic Sun Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Jacksonville Dolphins are looking to snag a seventh. The Dolphins are the only team in the six year history of the event to have won.

Last year, JU finished ahead of runner-up North Florida by 65 points. JU’s Charlene Charles will be vying for her third-straight championship Most Valuable Performer title, which would be the most in A-Sun history. She is currently tied with two others.

Kennesaw State and ETSU are looking to get a piece of the action this time around, the two finished third and fourth last year. The Owls finished as the runner-up in 2010, while the Lady Bucs best performance came in 2007 when they tied for second place.

The events will get underway at 8:30 a.m. from the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center on Friday with the women’s pentathlon and concludes Saturday afternoon with the men’s 4x400 meter relays, followed by the awards presentation at 4:30 p.m.

Championship Notes:

  • Thirteen of the 17 women’s individual events feature former champions of the event.
  • Going into the women’s championship, eight student-athletes recorded performances that rank better than the A-Sun Championship meet record. This means that there stands a strong chance for several all-time marks to fall during the two-day event. Two of those top performances of the 2012 season came from the 800-meter run, while one more come in the pentathlon.
  • In total, three student-athletes will vie for their third individual event title of their careers; Jacksonville’s Stacey Young, 60m Hurdles; Jacksonville’s Joane Pierre, Mile Run and 800m Run; North Florida’s Christina King, Pole Vault. Only two women’s athletes have accomplished the feat (Natasha Harvey, Jacksonville; 60m Hurdles and Hillary Crook, Jacksonville; Shot Put)

Regular-Season performances that rank in the top three in A-Sun Championship record books:

    • 200-Meter Dash
    • Briana Frazier, North Florida; 23.87

    • 800-Meter Run
    • Bienna Freeman, Jacksonville; 2:09.35
    • Joane Pierre, Jacksonville; 2:11.42
    • Amalia Vogler, Jacksonville; 2:13.15

    • 3,000-Meter Run
    • Jemeli Sang, USC Upstate; 9:51.61

    • 60-Meter Hurdles
    • Stacey Young, Jacksonville; 8.53

    • Triple Jump
    • Lexie Burley, ETSU; 12.22
    • Shanique Walker, Jacksonville; 12.19

    • Pentathalon
    • Katerina Vodova, ETSU; 3698

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