Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Jacksonville Looks to Claim Fifth Consecutive Indoor Title

Jacksonville Women’s Indoor Track and Field looks to claim its fifth consecutive Atlantic Sun team title in 2010 and become the first school to win the cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field titles in one athletic season.

The Dolphins claimed the conference crown a season ago with a total of 171 points, besting the second place Kennesaw State Owls by 62 points. Jacksonville returns individual champions Unique Singleton (400-meter dash), Amalia Vogler (800-meter run), Tiffany Bromfield (pentathlon) and Ronnisha Hall (weight throw and shot put). The Dolphins also bring back their entire women’s distance medley relay team, which claimed the A-Sun title by 15 seconds, a season ago.

JU needs to replace the most valuable performer from the 2009 Atlantic Sun Championships, Natasha Harvey. Harvey claimed conference individual titles in the triple jump, long jump, 60-meter dash and the 60-meter hurdles.

Kennesaw State looks to continue its climb in the conference standings, relying on Jakia Ragland, who returns as the conference champion in the high jump, and Mackenzie Howe, who looks to repeat as the conference champion in the 3,000-meter run.

ETSU sits as another team poised to challenge for the conference crown. The Bucs claimed the conference crown in the 4x400-meter relay a season ago but they have to replace two seniors from that squad. Jasmine Ingram finished second a season ago in the 400-meter dash, less than a second behind JU’s Unique Singleton. Zachlynn Blackburn finished second a season ago in the shot put and third in the weight throw, and could move up in 2010.

Belmont finished fourth a season ago, but does not return any individual champions. UNF claimed fifth a season ago and brings back pole vault champion Anne DelBovo. Campbell took sixth a season ago and USC Upstate seventh with Emily Tangwar returning as 5,000-meter champion.

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