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JMU Wins Two Events, Sits in Third After Day One of CAA Track and Field Championship
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:05/06/2011
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RICHMOND, Va., May, 6, 2011 - James Madison won both long-distance events and sits in third place after the first day of the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Track and Field Championship at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium.

The Dukes wrapped Friday's competition with 32 points, which is eight points back of the co-leaders William and Mary and Northeastern.

Senior Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent) and sophomore Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) won individual titles in their respective races. Parris cruised to the title in the 5,000-meter run by over 15 seconds with a time of 16 minutes, 44.22 seconds, which was the third-fastest winning time in meet history, while Gorman won the 10,000-meter run with the second-fastest time in championship history at 35:54.94.

Also in 5,000, sophomore Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) was third in 17:28.19, and freshman Carolyn Payne (Annandale, Va./W.T. Woodson) took seventh with a time of 17:43.80. Junior Jess Zozos (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) also earned points for JMU in the 10,000 with her seventh-place showing in 37:16.28.

JMU qualified a pair of sprinters for the final of the 100-meter dash, as both freshman Jordan Simmons (Plainfield, N.J/Bishop Ahr) and sophomore Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) finished inside the top eight. Simmons was runner-up in the preliminary with the third-fastest time in JMU outdoor history and fastest ever by a freshman at 11.73 seconds, while McDonald took the eighth and final spot in 12.12 seconds. The two will run in the finals on Saturday at 2:40 p.m.

Simmons also qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash after taking fifth in 24.30 seconds, a mark that ranks fourth all-time at JMU. She will run the final at 4:05 p.m. Saturday. McDonald completed the long jump in seventh place with a leap measuring 5.76 meters (18'10 3/4").

Sophomores Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) and Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) both qualified for the final of the 1,500-meter run with back-to-back finishes in fourth and fifth places. Harman crossed the line in 4:47.70, which was one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Reiner. They will run in the final tomorrow at 1:10 p.m.

In the heptathlon, sophomore Jennifer Monk (Bloomington, Ill./Central Catholic) is currently in second position with 2,798 points through four events, trailing George Mason's Amanda Denger by just 13 points.

Monk opened the event with a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.41 seconds. She won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.44 and followed it up with a tied for second showing in the high jump after clearing the bar at 1.52 meters (4'11 3/4"). She rounded out day one with a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a heave measuring 9.16 meters (30'0 3/4").

The championship resumes Saturday morning 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.
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