Dolphins Glide to Eighth-Straight #ASunTF Outdoor Title

Saturday, May 11, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphins of Jacksonville University captured their eighth-straight Atlantic Sun Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship by totaling 230.5 points. Sophomore Shanique Walker took home the Championship Most Valuable Performer honors by totaling 32.5 points.

The Dolphins have now won 16-straight A-Sun track meets by including the past eight indoor titles. Kennesaw State finished second with 181.5 ahead of ETSU (151.5) and Lipscomb (98).

JU's Charlene Charles won the heptathlon with 4,640 points and added an additional 11.5 points throughout the meet to cap her illustrious conference career.

Kennesaw State set a new meet record to start the day, clocking a 44.63 in the 4x100m relay to earn the gold medal. ETSU grabbed silver with a time of 45.29, narrowly besting Jacksonville, who took third in 45.45.

Jacksonville continued its run of success in the 1500m, as seniors Joane Pierre (4:28.29) and Bienna Freeman (4:28.81) finished first and second, respectively. Lipscomb junior Katie Bunker earned the bronze medal with a time of 4:32.30.

Sophomore Shanique Walker of the Dolphins then set a new meet record in the 100m hurdles, clocking a time of 13.16 to earn the gold medal. Sophomore Demeteria Edgecombe of ETSU finished second with a time of 13.72, besting junior Christina Johnson of North Florida, who clocked a 14.24.

Jacksonville took two of the top three spots in the 400m as well, as sophomore Courtney Walker clocked a meet-record 53.60 to take first, while senior Latonya Payne finished third with a time of 55.38. Between the two was freshman Alicia Whittle of Kennesaw State, who finished in 54.05.

In her first-ever A-Sun Championships, freshman Hannah Wood of Kennesaw State took home a gold medal in the 100m, registering an 11.64 to grab 10 points for the Owls. A pair of ETSU runners followed close behind, with junior Emani Harrison taking second in 11.68 and senior Courtney Kinlaw finishing third with a time of 11.79.

Sophomore Shanique Walker earned the gold medal in the triple jump, reaching a mark of 12.50m (41’0 ¼”) in her first jump of the day to edge out junior Lexie Burley, who took second with a jump of 12.45m (40’10 ¼), and senior Kelly Monteleone, who reached 12.41m (40’8 ¾”) to take third, both of ETSU.

Jacksonville maintained its control of the middle distances with a 1-2 finish in the 800m. Senior Bienna Freeman captured the gold with a time of 2:09.20, while classmate Joane Pierre finished just behind with a time of 2:09.60. Sophomore Alessandra Valdes of North Florida finished third, clocking a 2:10.48 to earn six points for the Ospreys.

Sophomore Courtney Walker of Jacksonville took gold in the 200m, clocking a 23.59. Walker edged a pair of Kennesaw State runners, as freshman Alicia Whittle finished second in 23.59, while senior Cynthia Davis grabbed third with a time of 23.87.

A pair of ETSU athletes took the top two spots in the javelin, as freshman Verena Tobis earned her first-ever win with a toss of 42.37m (139’0”), topping teammate Katerina Vodova, who reached a mark of 38.14m (125’1”), good for second. Senior Suzee Mills of Kennesaw State finished third at 37.70m (123’8”).

Freshman Kristin Chapman of ETSU took the gold medal in the high jump, followed by senior Michelle Quimby of Kennesaw State and sophomore Taylor Story of Jacksonville. All three athletes reached 1.72m (5’7 ¾) and had to be separated by tiebreakers.

Lipscomb earned a clean sweep in the 5000m, as junior Tessa Hoefle broke away from the pack with a time of 17:06.04 to take the gold. Teammates Madelin Talbert (17:34.81) and Kendra Lobley (17:37.69) followed in second and third, respectively.

In the day’s final event, Jacksonville’s quartet raced to a time of 3:42.07 in capturing the 4x400m relay title. Kennesaw State finished second in a time of 3:45.37 followed by UNF in third with a time of 3:49.81.

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