NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (June 3, 2020) -- Head Coach Yanique Booth announced on Wednesday the addition of Yenilitza Roman to the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) track & field/cross country team for the 2020-2021 season.
Roman, a graduate of Freedom High School in Orlando, Florida, is a native of Puerto Rico. A distance runner, Roman posted top times of 1:52.45 in the 600m (Bob Mosher Wildcat Open – 2/17/20), 2:29.63 in the 800m (Toho Invitational – 2/29/20), and 5:41.25 in the 1,600m (Brian Jaeger Elite Classic – 3/7/20) during her senior season. She was also a member of the Patriot's 4x400 Relay and 4x800 Relay teams.
Also a cross country runner, Roman competed at the 2019 FHSAA 4A – Region 3 meet where she posted a time of 20:58, falling short of a spot in the state finals.
Comparing her top times from with those in the Sun Conference this past year, Roman's mark of 2:29.63 in the 800m would have placed her as the second-fastest time in the league, while her top time of 20:58 at the cross country state regionals was better than 54 other runners at the 2019 Sun Conference Cross Country Championships (Hardeeville School Complex – hosted by USCB).
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138)
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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