*Track & Field will no longer travel to Boston, Mass. as Valentine Invitational was canceled due to threat of severe winter weather*
HARRISONBURG, Va., Feb. 6, 2013 - The James Madison track & field
squad will send athletes to the Navy Multi-Madness meet on Feb. 7 as well as the Valentine Invitational and Liberty Quad meets on Feb. 8. The Dukes will look for several more athletes to qualify for indoor postseason events over the coming days of competition.
On Thursday, multi-event athlete Nicole Gilbert (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) will strike out for Annapolis to compete in the Navy Multi-Madness meet. Slated for a 4 p.m. start, it will be the sophomore's second career pentathlon competition. She finished third at the Patriot Games on Jan. 25 in her first outing as a multi-event athlete, and her score of 3,132 points is just behind four former Dukes and teammate Jennifer Monk (Bloomington Ill./Central Catholic).
JMU will no longer make the trek up to Boston for the Valentine Invitational as scheduled. The Valentine Invitational, hosted by Boston University at the Track and Tennis Center, was canceled to the imminent threat of severe winter weather. Boston is the site of the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, held March 1-3.
The sprinters and field athletes will still head south to Lynchburg as scheduled for the Liberty Quad at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. It is a regional meet, with teams from JMU, Richmond, VMI, Appalachian State and Elon to compete against Liberty and Lynchburg.
Last weekend, JMU saw four individuals and one relay team
add their names to the ECAC-eligible roster, including sophomore DaQuaa Scott (Staunton, Va./Robert E.
Lee) with her school-record heave of 17.65 meters in the weight throw event. Seniors Stacey
Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) and Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) hit the mark
for the 3,000-meter run, and senior Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) qualified in the 60-meter dash.
The 4x400-meter relay team from the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup also punched a ticket to the ECAC indoor championships. Senior Whitney Staton (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) took the first lap for the Dukes with sophomores Destiny Simmons (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) and Morgan Sheaffer (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) running the second and third legs. The team was anchored by sophomore Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional).