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Wednesday, April 21, 2010MACON, Ga. – Jacksonville’s freshman distance runner Joane Pierre raced her way to an Atlantic Sun Track Athlete of the Week award after an outstanding performance Saturday, while Lipscomb’s Brittany Duerk earned the field award after recapturing the Lady Bisons’ javelin record.
Pierre won the 800-meter run at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. with a school-record time of 2:08.17. The Immokalee, Fla. native’s time also ranks first in the conference, 17th in the East and 35th nationally.
Duerk and her teammate Taylor Mason finished first and second in the women's javelin at the Vanderbilt Invitational Friday. On her last throw, Mason moved to the lead with a toss of 127-5, a new Lipscomb school record. The record lasted about 30 seconds until Duerk launched her final throw 134-3 to recapture her school record. The Auburn, Ala. native also leads the conference in the javelin. During the winter season, Duerk doubles as a post player on the Lady Bisons basketball team.
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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.