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Florissant Valley Quartet Captures Title at Kansas Relays

April 24, 2008

The women’s 4x100-meter relay team at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley is undefeated in the event this spring, most recently capturing the title at the 81st Kansas Relays. More than 3,800 athletes from 300 schools participated in the relays, the fourth-largest track and field meet in the United States.

Freshmen Teneshia Peart (Calgary, Alberta), Bionca Gildon (Gary, Ind.), Courtney Jones (Joliet, Ill.) and sophomore Jhanell Brown (St. Jago, Jamaica) broke their own school record in the 4x100 with a time of 46.15, nearly a full second better than runner-up Butler County Community College. Peart also finished sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.71, setting another Florissant Valley record.

The relay quartet has qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 15-17 in Levelland, Tex. Peart has qualified individually in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and will run a leg of the 4x400-meter relay with Gildon, Tanieka Evans (Riverview Gardens), Ysatis Williams (Ladue) or Kirsten McCoy (North Central, Ind.).

Evans, a freshman, also has qualified for the NJCAA Championships in the 400-meter hurdles, as has Ashley Zanders (Riverview Gardens) in the triple and long jumps.

The squad, coached by James Gillespie, has two meets remaining before the NJCAA Championships -- April 26 at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and May 10 at Lindenwood University.