RICHMOND, Va., May, 6, 2011 - James Madison turned in its highest finish in three years taking fourth place on Saturday at the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Track and Field Championship at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium.
The Dukes finished with 98 points to finish 2.5 points back of third-place Northeastern (100.5) and seven points shy of runner-up George Mason (105). Georgia State won its first-ever CAA title with 133 points.
JMU was runner-up in three events which included the 400-meter relay, 1,500-meter run and 100-meter dash, along with seven other top-five finishes.
The 400-meter relay squad consisting of sophomore Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East), and freshmen Jordan Simmons (Plainfield, N.J./Bishop Ahr), Ashley Williams (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) and Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) took second with a time of 45.91 seconds, which was .64 seconds off VCU's championship time.
Sophomore Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) was second in the 1,500-meter run in 4:32.14, which was only one second off George Mason's Nao Ma, who won the race. Sophomore Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) also took fourth in the event in 4:36.00.
Simmons was runner-up in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.77 seconds, while sophomore Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) was fourth in 11.98. Simmons also earned All-CAA status in the 200 with a third-place showing in 24.38.
Junior Jaclyn Smith (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) placed third in the triple jump with a leap measuring 12.14 meters (39'10"), and sophomore Jennifer Monk (Bloomington, Ill./Central Catholic) also finished in third position in the heptathlon with 4,449 points.
In the final three events of the heptathlon, Monk won the 800-meter run in 2:26.37, was second in the long jump with a leap of 5.21 meters (17'1 3/4") and eighth in the javelin with a heave measuring 20.31 meters (66'7").
Yesterday, she 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").
In the 1,600-meter relay, Smith, sophomore Whitney Staton (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor), sophomore Maria McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) and junior Brittany Wilhelm (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) finished fourth after crossing the line in 3:47.36.
Sophomore Danyelle Kent-Robinson (Bristow, Va./Brentsville) cleared the bar at 1.61 meters (5'3 1/4") in the high jump to take fifth place in a jump off, and freshman Kristen Greene (Colonial Heights, Va./Thomas Dale) was sixth in the shot put with a throw that measured 12.21 meters (40'0 3/4").
Sophomore Michelle Savarese (Middletown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) also earned points for the Dukes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as she was seventh with a time of 11:32.78.
JMU returns to action May 13-15 for the ECAC Championship in Princeton, N.J.