JMU Track and Field Heads to Richmond for CAA Championship
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HARRISONBURG, Va., May, 4, 2011 - The James Madison track and field team will travel to Richmond, Va., this weekend for the 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Track and Field Championship, which will be held at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium.
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The Dukes, who finished ninth last year, will send 32 student-athletes to the conference meet.
"This meet will be a close meet and it is going to come down to the teams that are ready to compete," Head Coach Ta' Frias said. "We are a much stronger team than last year, but we are still a young team. If we stay focused and composed, we can have a successful meet."
Notable returners to the championship are senior Kelly Jemison (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) and sophomore Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East).
Jemison was JMU's lone individual CAA champion last year, as she won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal-best time of 11 minutes, 2.18 seconds. She will run in the same event this weekend.
McDonald set a pair of JMU freshman records last year in the long jump and the 100-meter dash, earning All-CAA status in both events. In the long jump, McDonald was runner-up after recording a leap of 5.91 meters (19'4 3/4"), breaking Adrienne Mayo's 2004 record of 5.88 meters (19'3 1/2"). She also had a season-best time in the 100, clocking a time of 11.95 seconds to take third place.
The action opens up Friday morning with the javelin throw with long jump, pole vault and hammer throw to follow in the afternoon. On the track, the time trials kick off at 1 p.m. with the running of the 1,500-meter race. Individual champions will be crowned in the nightcap following the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs.
On Saturday, the championship resumes at 9 a.m. with the heptathlon, followed by field events at 10 a.m. The finals on the track will begin at 1 p.m. with the 400-meter relay. The Most Outstanding Track and Field Performers, along with team champions will be awarded following the completion of all events.
Admission is free to the championship and more information on the championship, which includes a full schedule, directions and parking, can be found at the CAA Track and Field Championship page at CAASports.com.