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Track and Field Aims for First CAA Title
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:05/02/2012
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HARRISONBURG, Va., May 2, 2012 - It's that time of year again, when teams begin winding down their seasons and hoping they're peaking at the perfect time.  That's exactly what the James Madison track and field team hopes is in store for it as the Dukes prepare for the Colonial Athletic Association Track and Field Championships in Fairfax, Va., on Friday and Saturday.

Head coach Ta' Frias noted that she had high hopes for this year's team and added that the Dukes are heading into the conference meet with one goal in mind: to win.

"I want to go out and do something that's never been done before," Frias said.  "We've never won a conference championship and I feel like this is the team to go out and do that.  It's going to be a total team effort.  We're not relying on any one person or any specific meet area and I think that is going to be a big factor this weekend."

In total, eight teams will be competing for the right to be called CAA Champions and if the Dukes hope to win, they will have to take down defending champion Georgia State, who won last year's competition with 133 points. 

Also standing in the way of the Dukes and their first CAA title is George Mason.  The Patriots, who are hosting this year's CAA Championships, have finished in second place the past two seasons and will no doubt be hungry for their first title since 1998. 

Other teams competing in the CAA Championship include William and Mary, who won three straight titles from 2008-2010 and six straight between 2001 and 2006, VCU, last year's host, and Northeastern, the only team other than William and Mary and Georgia State to have won a CAA title in the past 11 years.

Action for the Dukes begins Friday morning at 11:15 a.m. at George Mason Stadium.  The final event on Friday begins at 8:30 p.m. and competition resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m.  The meet finishes with the women's 4x400-meter finals, scheduled for 4:25 p.m. on Saturday.

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