PRINCETON, N.J., May 9, 2013 – The James Madison track & field team will compete in eight events at the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference outdoor championships May 10-12. The three-day championship meet is being hosted by Princeton University at the William Weaver Track & Field Stadium.
With 88 member universities of the ECAC, the meet officially gets underway at noon on Friday, May 10, with the ECAC heptathlon and runs through 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, with both the men’s and women’s 4x400-meter relay finals. Awards will be presented following the last event on Sunday.
The Dukes first take to the track on Friday evening for a trio of individual distance events. At 7:20 p.m., junior Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) will challenge for the title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. While Lopresti did not meet the ECAC standard of 10:50.24 this season, she earned the right to compete when she won the event at the Colonial Athletic Association championships last weekend.
Seniors Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) and Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) are set to run the 5,000-meter event at 7:40 p.m. on Friday. At 8 p.m., freshman Jenna Flickinger (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin), senior Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) and sophomore Rachel Hagen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) will contest the 10,000-meter crown after all three surpassed the ECAC standard at the CAA championships on May 3.
Trials for the sprint and relay events for JMU begin Saturday, May 11, at 3:25 p.m. with sophomore Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional) in the 100-meter hurdles. She posted a time of 14.10 seconds in the preliminary rounds at the conference meet to qualify. If she advances, Waddell will compete in the semifinal heats of the 100-meter hurdles at 4:25 p.m.
Junior Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) will enter the starting blocks at 4:05 p.m. for the preliminary round of the 400-meter dash. Her top time this season (55.42 sec) came at the Virginia Cup on March 23. She ran both a 55.48 (preliminary) and a 55.76 (final) at the league championships.
As for relay events, the Dukes will look to repeat as the 4x800-meter relay champions. JMU won the 2013 ECAC indoor title in Boston, Mass., earlier this year. The outdoor trials are slated for a 5:45 p.m. start on Saturday evening.
Senior Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) and freshman Adrienne Alexander (Queens, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) will represent JMU in the field events. McDonald will compete in the long jump at 3 p.m. on Saturday while Alexander will throw in the shot put event at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Both earned All-CAA honors at the conference championships with top-three finishes in their events (McDonald-3rd, Alexander-2nd).
Finals for the 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter dash and 4x800-meter relay will be held on Sunday, May 12.
Live results will be available at both www.ecacsports.com and www.lancertiming.com throughout the weekend.