PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – To end the regular season, the James Madison track & field squad is sending a small contingent of athletes to compete in the 119th Penn Relays, one of the largest international sporting events held in the United States. It is the final weekend of competition for the Dukes before they begin their title defense at the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association championship meet.
The Dukes will compete in the hammer throw and shot put competitions on Thursday, April 25. Those events are slated for 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. starts, respectively. They will also have athletes running the 4x800-meter relay on Saturday, April 27, which starts around 4:10 p.m.
The Penn Relays is a three-day series of running and field events that run April 25-27 at Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. For the college women’s division, competition begins Thursday morning at 10 a.m. with both the 400-meter hurdles and the high jump. Events run through Saturday, culminating with the college women’s 4x400 Championship of America race at approximately 5:50 p.m.
JMU currently has three athletes in the top 60 of the NCAA East Regional qualifying list. Senior Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) is ranked within the top 50 of both the 1,500-meter run (43rd) and the 5,000-meter run (48th). Senior Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) currently holds the 43rd-best time in the region for the 10,000-meter run, and senior Jennifer Monk (Bloomington, Ill./Central Catholic) ranks 55th in the region in heptathlon point totals.
Dukes are also qualified for competition in 10 events for the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships. Harman is tied for the team lead in qualifications (1,500-meter, 5,000-meter, 4x800-meter relay) at three alongside junior Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) who could also compete in three events (400-meter, 4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay).
Gorman and senior Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) have each met the mark for two ECAC events. Both are qualified for the 3,000-meter run while Nobles could compete in the 5,000-meter run and Gorman is eligible for the 10,000-meter run. Sophomore Kelsey Langton (Hamilton Square, N.J./Notre Dame H.S.) is also eligible for two events: 800-meter run and 4x800-meter relay.