Press Release for Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ospreys head to Duke Invitational

Contact: Shawn LaFata, Interim Assistant AD
UNF Athletics Media Relations
(904) 620-4027

The Ospreys head up to Duke this weekend not only to compete with some of the most elite schools in America but also to qualify for this years prestigious Penn Relays. The team definitely has some momentum going into this week's meet, setting new records and proving they can push through any circumstances to perform well.

Driving, persistent rains did not daunt the team last week, and athletes like Ashton McGuire proved that they were not afraid of new challenges. In the heptathlon McGuire competed for her first time in many of the events, managing to post strong results in every event, while shining in her comfort zone of throwing, coming in second in the javelin throw in both the heptathlon and the separate event.

While McGuire is just one member of the team, her accomplishments as well as others like Will Pearce's one-shoe second-place finish in the 5000m point to a team that is determined to do there best, an attitude which will serve them well in Durham, N.C., this weekend.


After two days in second place at the FSU Relays, the Osprey women finished strong, taking third place overall, just behind Troy and meet-hosts Florida State ... Rachel Stanley set a new school record for the 400m hurdles with her time of 1:04.24, finishing in third ... Laura Ragland and Brooke Baumann finished in second and third, respectively, in the 1500m, finishing just one second apart ... the women dominated the relays, taking first in the 4x800m ... In the 4x200m relay, the combined effort of Charisma Anderson, SaLydia James, Keva Stephens and Ava Rivera took second place ... The team of Anne DelBovo, SaLydia James, Keva Stephens and Charisma Anderson took fourth in the 4x100m relay ... In the 1600m sprint medley the team of Keva Stephens, Ava Rivera, Alicen Livingston and Sianne Chong also took fourth ... Cameron Dickerson won third in the 800m ... Elise Trexler took third in the high jump with her 1.60m leap ... In the men's 1500m, Mike Strasser finished fourth ... Kayla Conrad took fifth overall in the 800m.


Assistant coach Julie Stackhouse said about this week's match:

"Duke will be a really great meet for us. We are looking forward to testing ourselves as a team against new competition. There are years of tradition behind this invitational and we are confident that we'll have solid performances from both teams."