LYNCHBURG, Va., April 5, 2013 – After setting the second-best hammer throw distance in James Madison history two weeks in a row, track & field senior Adrena May (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) posted a school record in the event with her heave of 50.52 meters at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational on Friday. She surpassed the previous record of 50.05 meters, set by sophomore DaQuaa Scott (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) last year at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational.
May hit the record-setting mark with her sixth and final throw of the day after having made it to the finals with her toss of 47.35 meters. She finished fourth overall in the event and was just 0.48 meters shy of qualifying for the Eastern College Athletic Conference outdoor championships held in May.
Also competing in the hammer throw competition were freshman Adrienne Alexander (Queens, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) and senior Christianna Moss (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry). Alexander notched a distance of 42.52 meters for a 10th-place finish, and Moss came in at 39.93 meters for 13th place.
The heptathlon got underway Friday with athletes competing in the first four of seven events. After day one, senior Jennifer Monk (Bloomington, Ill./Central Catholic) sits in second place with 2,636 points, 151 points behind the leader, and sophomore Nicole Gilbert (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) is in eighth place with 2,341 points.
As a part of the heptathlon, Monk won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.76 seconds and finished third in the shot put with a top-heave of 9.67 meters. She also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash (27.42 sec) and sixth in the high jump (1.46m). Gilbert came in sixth in the shot put (9.20 m), seventh in the 200-meter dash (27.75m) and eighth in both the 100-meter hurdles (16.11 sec) and high jump (1.40m).
JMU returns to action for the second day of the Liberty Collegiate Invitational tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. The Dukes will also run in the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., on Saturday beginning at 11:40 a.m.