HARRISONBURG, Va. April 21, 2012 - On Senior Day in Harrisonburg, the James Madison track and field team earned 10 first-place finishes, including four ECAC-qualifying times. Madison was led throughout the day by its seniors, but it was the underclassmen that ended up with the ECAC qualifiers.
On a day meant for honoring graduating seniors, JMU's came up with a great showing. Two of the five senior Dukes came up with first-place finishes while one finished second and one finished third.
In the triple jump, senior Jaclyn Smith (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) also placed first. Her mark of 11.53 meters (37'10.5") was three and a half inches better than the next competitor.
In the distance running competitions, senior Jess Zozos (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) took second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:56.67 while senior Brittany Wilhelm (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) took third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:26.66. Graduating senior Brenna Johnston (Covesville, Va./Monticello) did not compete in the meet.
The Dukes also posted first-place marks in the 400-meter dash as well as the 800 and 1,500-meter runs, the 3,000-meter run, the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, long jump, shot put and discus events.
Dukes finished first and second in the 400-meter dash. Freshman Destiny Simmons (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) crossed the line in 57. 49 seconds, just over one second before freshman Morgan Sheaffer (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry).
In the 800-meter run, last week's CAA Women's Track Athlete of the Week, junior Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) posted a 2:13.53. She was followed in the race by sophomore Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley), who finished second with a time of 2:15.71. Wilhelm came in third and freshman Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) finished in fourth with a time of 2:18.91.
In the 1,500 meters, junior Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes posted a 4:39.03 to finish in first and junior Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes),Reiner's high school teammate, finished the 3,000 meters in 10:31.30, also good for first place.
Freshman Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional) posted one of four ECAC-qualifying times for Madison. She finished the 100-meter hurdles in a first-place time of 14.24.
Rounding out the first-place finishes for JMU were junior Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East), freshman Daquaä Scott (Staunton Va./Robert E. Lee) and junior Christianna Moss (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry). McDonald's mark of 6.06 meters (19'20.75") in the long jump met the ECAC qualifying standard. Scott's first-place mark came in the shot put where she heaved the rock 12.96 meters (42'6.25"), a new personal best, and Moss placed first in the discus with a chuck of 42.18 meters (138'5").
McDonald also met the ECAC standard in the 100-meter dash. Her time of 11.72 second was good for second in the competition.
Sophomore Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) also qualified for ECAC competition with a 24.47-second finish in the 200-meter dash. Her time was also good for second place.
The Dukes return to action Thursday, April 26 at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa.