FAIRFAX, Va., April 9, 2011 - The James Madison track and field team completed its competition at the Mason Spring Invitational with 16 top-10 finishes, including seven in the top five on Saturday at George Mason Stadium.
Seniors Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent) and Kelly Jemison (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) turned in the top individual finishes for JMU with third place finishes in their respective long-distance races.
Parris recorded a personal-best and ECAC-qualifying time of 16 minutes, 43.94 seconds in the 5,000-meter run, while Jemison completed the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:06.49, which was less than five seconds off her season-best mark.
Sophomore Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) also ran in the 5,000, finishing right behind Parris in fourth place with her personal-best and ECAC-qualifying mark of 17:11.48, and junior Jess Zozos (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) was 11th in 17:53.68.
JMU also had a relay squad surpass the ECAC-qualifying standard in the 400-meter relay. The freshmen foursome, consisting of Lauren Privette (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley), Jordan Simmons (Plainfield, N.J./Bishop Ahr), Ashley Williams (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) and Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook), crossed the finish line in 47.15 seconds, 2.03 behind the winners from Pitt.
In the triple jump, the Dukes placed two in the top five, as junior Jaclyn Smith (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) took fourth with a jump measuring 11.86 meters (38'11"), and Privette was fifth with a leap of 11.42 meters (37'5 3/4").
Sophomore Danyelle Kent-Robinson (Bristow, Va./Brentsville) led three JMU high jumpers to top 10 finishes. Kent-Robinson placed fourth after clearing the bar at 1.60 meters (5'3"), while freshmen Sarah Jochem (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) and Kala Young (Harrisonburg, Va./Spotswood) were tied for fifth and eighth with clears of 1.55 meters (5'1") and 1.50 meters (4'11").
Kent-Robinson also took eighth in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.26. That improved from her preliminary time of 15.43, which qualified her in 11th position.
Along with her solid relay finish, Simmons took fourth in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.33 seconds, but she did not compete in the finals. She also took sixth in the 200 in 24.95. Williams and Morris also raced in the 200, taking 10th and 12th in 25.12 and 25.16.
The Dukes placed sixth in one hurdle and two field events. Sophomore Whitney Staton (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) finished the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.81, freshman Kristen Greene (Colonial Heights, Va./Thomas Dale) had a throw of 11.56 meters (37'11 1/4") in the shot put and Privette was tied for sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.34 meters (17'6 1/4").
Greene also took ninth in the javelin with a throw of 28.27 meters (92'9").
Sophomore Christianna Moss (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) completed the day with a pair of top-10 finishes in her field events. In the discus, she was seventh after her throw measured 38.68 meters (126'11"), and in the hammer throw, she had a launch of 36.41 meters (119'5"), good for eighth place. Junior Adrena May (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) also finished 13th in the hammer, with a throw of 33.08 meters (108'6").
In the 400-meter dash, Smith was eighth with a time of 57.68, while sophomores Maria McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) and Gabrielle Poore (Wyomissing, Pa./Wilson) were 13th and 19th with times of 58.33 and 59.61.
Other finishers for JMU included:
junior Brittany Wilhelm (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) - 800 meters -15th - 2:16.61
sophomore Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) - 1,500 meters - 18th - 4:36.39
sophomore Megan Barnes (Sterling, Va./Park View) - 800 meters - 25th - 2:25.53
sophomore Jacki Ferrance (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) - 1,500 meters - 30th - 5:03.68
The Dukes return to action next Saturday, April 16 at the VCU Invitational in Richmond, Va.