JU's Quartet of Baldwin, Smiling, Smith & Toombs Race to All-American Honors

JU's Quartet of Baldwin, Smiling, Smith & Toombs Race to All-American Honors


AUSTIN, Texas – Representing the Jacksonville University women's track and field team at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Dolphins' 4x100-meter relay team raced to Second Team All-American honors with a 15th-place overall finish, Thursday evening at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Comprised of redshirt-junior Jacquelyn Baldwin, sophomore Savyon Toombs, junior Shalah Smiling, and freshman Nicole Smith, the quartet took fifth in their heat with a time of 43.86 – ahead of Texas Tech, Wyoming, and Nebraska.

"I know the women are disappointed they didn't make the final. I love that they have high expectations for themselves. If you were to tell me at the beginning of the year we would run 43.86 and be a top 15 team nationally, I would have gladly taken it. I am very proud of the season this foursome had," commented head coach Ron Grigg following the race. "They all return next season and I am sure this will serve as motivation for the next step in our progression."

The women set the Dolphins' program record at the North Florida Invite in early April, and later broke their own record with a time of 43.50 at the NCAA East Prelims two weeks ago.

Baldwin, Smiling, Smith, and Toombs are the Dolphins' third 4x100m relay team to reach the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the last decade; they also account for four of JU's 14 outdoor All-Americans since 2004.

Among Jacksonville's accomplishments this season: 4 program records were broken; 10 updates were made to the program's All-Time Top 5 list; 7 ASUN Conference Champions were crowned; and 2 ASUN Outdoor Championships meet records were set.

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