BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 16, 2013 - The James Madison track & field squad rose
to the occasion of the Virginia Tech Challenge on Saturday afternoon as the
Dukes qualified three more athletes for competition at the Eastern College Athletic
Conference indoor championships and saw several new personal records etched
into the history books.
"I was very pleased with many of the performances this weekend," head coach Ta' Frias remarked.
Sophomore Kelsey Langton (Hamilton Square, N.J./Notre Dame H.S.) set a personal record with her 800-meter run time of 2:10.71, shaving 4.61 seconds off her previous top time, and finishing second in the race. Her time is behind only three Dukes' scores in JMU history. She is now qualified to represent the Dukes at the ECAC indoor championships this March as she surpassed the necessary 2:14.44 mark by nearly four seconds.
Fellow sophomores Tiel Westbrook (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) and Morgan Sheaffer (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) claimed the fifth and sixth-place finishes for the 800-meter race, clocking in at 2:15.45 and 2:15.65, respectively. Sheaffer was just 0.14 seconds off her personal best of 2:15.51.
Junior Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) also treks up to Boston for the 400-meter dash to represent Maidson at the ECACs in two weeks. She won the second heat in 56.68 seconds, finishing fourth overall with her personal record. Her time sits behind three former Dukes and is the fastest time in the event since March 7, 2009 (Leslie Anderson, 56.43). Sophomore Destiny Simmons (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) crossed the line in a personal-best 58.03 seconds to win her heat and take sixth place overall.
Junior Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) notched the final ECAC-qualifier slot of Saturday when she ran a 2:54.40 in the 1,000-meter run, taking the third-place slot.
JMU gets its final shot at qualifying athletes for ECACs next Sunday, Feb. 24 when it compete at the Mason Last Chance meet. Competition in Fairfax, Va., gets underway at 10 a.m.