HARRISONBURG, Va., April 11, 2013 – The James Madison track & field team will split for the final time this season as the Dukes head both south for the Hurricane Alumni Invitational in Miami, Fla., and north for the Patriot Open Invitational in Fairfax, Va. Each will be held on Saturday, April 13.
The University of Miami hosts the annual Hurricane Alumni Invitational this weekend. A contingent of JMU field athletes and sprinters will make the trek for the one-day event to compete in 10 different events. Competition begins with the javelin throw at 11 a.m. and concludes around 8:20 p.m. with the 4x400-meter relay.
The remaining JMU lineup will travel for the Patriot Open Invitational on the same day, hosted by current league-foe George Mason. George Mason is currently ranked 15th in the Southeast Region according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches association but is ineligible for the Colonial Athletic Association championship as the Patriots are moving to the Atlantic-10 Conference this summer. The event kicks off with the hammer throw at 10 a.m. and wraps up with the 5,000-meter run just after 9 p.m.
JMU looks to add to its postseason roster as the Dukes are already eligible for competition in nine different events at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Three Dukes are also currently among the top-48 finishes in the NCAA East Region, which would qualify them to compete at the regional meet.
Last weekend at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational, senior Adrena May (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) set a school record in the hammer throw with a distance of 50.52 meters. She earned her second straight CAA Field Athlete of the Week honor with her third consecutive personal best toss.
At the same meet, freshman Adrienne Alexander (Queens, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) notched a personal best in the shot put with a heave of 13.52 meters. It was also the second-best distance in JMU history.