HARRISONBURG, Va., March 28, 2013 – The James Madison track & field team is separating and heading to two different competitions this weekend, as the Dukes will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational and Raleigh, N.C., for the Raleigh Relays March 29-30.
The distance runners will head to the west coast for the Stanford Invitational while the sprinters and field athletes will stay on the east coast for the Raleigh Relays. Both meets feature athletes from over 100 colleges.
JMU will try to qualify as many athletes as possible for postseason competition this weekend. While there are certain marks athletes must hit to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference outdoor championships, they must be within the top 48 finishes in the region by the end of the season to qualify for the NCAA East Regional meet.
The ECACs are held May 10-12 in Princeton, N.J., while the NCAA East Regional meet is held May 23-25 in Greensboro, N.C.
Junior Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) qualified for the 2013 ECAC outdoor championship in the first outdoor meet of the season when she ran the 400-meter dash in 55.42 seconds at the Virginia Cup on March 23. She surpassed the 55.94 qualifying mark with her first-place finish. She is also currently tied for 29th-best time in the east region.
At the Virginia Cup, several Dukes posted personal bests. With a first-place finish in the shot put, freshman Adrienne Alexander (Queens, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) notched a distance of 13.40 meters for the second-best throw in JMU history. Senior Adrena May (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) also tallied a second-best throw in JMU history when she finished third in the hammer throw competition with a personal-best distance of 48.68 meters. In the javelin throw, junior Kristen Greene (Colonial Heights, Va./Thomas Dale) had a personal-best throw of 40.37 meters and finished third.