FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 1, 2014 – The James Madison track and field team won seven events and qualified seven for the ECAC Championships Saturday at George Mason’s Patriot Games. The Dukes added six runner-up finishes in the two-day, 17-team event.
Freshman Ebony Owusu-Sampah (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) won the long jump with an ECAC-qualifying distance of 5.81 meters, a major improvement of .23 meters (nearly eight inches) from her distance last week at the Virginia Tech Hokie Invitational, where she finished third. The event consisted of 31 competitors, including JMU freshman Kennedy King (Hampton, Va./Phoebus), who finished ninth.
Senior Kristen Greene (Colonial Heights, Va./Thomas Dale) took home the title in the shot put with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 13.83 meters. The toss was the second-longest indoor mark in JMU history. Sophomore Adrienne Alexander (Queens, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) was second in the event.
Senior Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) was the champion in the 1,000-meter run, crossing the line with an ECAC-qualifying time of 2:55.69.
Junior Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) cruised to the title in the 800-meter run, beating out 29 other runners, including the runner-up by nearly five seconds.
Senior Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) was the top collegiate runner in the 3,000-meter run, winning with an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:50.65. She finised over 10 seconds in front of the second-place runner.
The Dukes, who qualified their distance medley relay for the ECAC Indoor Championships last weekend, added a second qualified relay as the 4x800 team easily won the event over three other teams Saturday. Sophomore Kathleen Stewart (Holland, Pa./Council Rock South), Harman, junior Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) and freshman Tessa Mundell (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) finished in 9:10.40, beating second-place Richmond by 19 seconds.
Freshman Morgan Crewe (Emporia, Pa./Greensville County) turned in a personal best to continue a successful start to her collegiate career, finishing second in the high jump and qualifying for the ECAC meet in the process. She cleared 1.71 meters on her third attempt. She was edged for the title in the 18-athlete event by VCU freshman Christina Solomon, who cleared 1.71 on her second attempt. Crewe came through in the clutch three different times, clearing the final three heights on her third and final attempts.
Freshman Deana Forbes (Danville, Va./George Washington) just narrowly missed qualifying for the ECAC meet, finishing second in the 60-meter hurdles. Following a time of 8.92 in the preliminaries, she improved to 8.91 in the finals. The ECAC qualifying mark is 8.90.
The Dukes took four of the top 10 spots in the 60-meter dash. Abby Duncan (Keedsville, Md./Boonsboro) paced the group, finishing sixth with a time of 7.97. Annie Johnson (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) was seventh, while Rachel Watkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) and Forbes took ninth and 10th, respectively.
On Friday, freshman Summer Walter (Warren, Pa./Bayside (Va.)) used a first-place finish in the 800-meter run and a second-place showing in the long jump to take second overall in the pentathlon. Her 3,216 points were the fifth most on JMU’s all-time indoor list.
JMU returns to action Saturday at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup, hosted by Penn State University.