BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 24, 2014 – Freshman Ebony Owusu-Sampah (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) led the James Madison track and field team Friday at the Virginia Tech Hokie Invitational, finishing seventh in the triple jump. She was one of three Dukes’ to crack the top-10 on JMU’s indoor record book with their performances on the first day of the event.
Owusu-Sampah was one of only two freshmen to finish in the top 10 Friday with her leap of 11.83 meters. The distance was good enough for seventh all-time at JMU.
The Dukes’ other two athletes to crack the top-10 list at JMU were freshman DeAna Forbes (Danville, Va./George Washington) and junior Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional), who finished 11th and 13th, respectively. Forbes’s time of 8.93 is the seventh best in program history, while Waddell crossed the line in 9.05, good enough for 10th. Waddell now owns three of the top-10 times in the event.
Senior Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) led a solid showing by JMU in the 1,000-meter run as three Dukes finished in the top half of the 33 runners in the event. Lopresti finished 11th with an ECAC qualifying time of 2:55.82. Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) and freshman Tessa Mundell (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) took 13th and 15th, respectively.
Junior Destiny Simmons (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) competed in the 300-meter dash and took 15th out of 31 runners.
JMU wraps up competition at Virginia Tech on Saturday.