Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) turned in a third-place finish in the long jump and two individuals along with one relay advanced to finals races on Saturday at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Weaver Stadium.PRINCETON, N.J., May 14, 2011 - James Madison sophomore
McDonald had a personal-best leap measuring 6.04 meters (19'9 3/4"), which was one inch off second place and just over three inches away from first. She improved on her already third-best outdoor jump in JMU history (5.96 meters).
JMU's 400-meter relay team consisting of Marissa McDonald and freshmen Jordan Simmons (Plainfield, N.J./Bishop Ahr), Ashley Williams (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) and Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) won their heat with a time of 46.19 seconds to qualify for tomorrow's final at noon. The foursome finished with the third-fastest time in the trials.
Simmons also took fourth in the 100-meter dash preliminary race after crossing the line in 11.93 seconds. In the semifinals, she was fifth in 11.84 and will run in tomorrow's final at 1:15 p.m.
Sophomore Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) placed 11th in the 1,500-meter trials with a time of 4:28.01 to qualify for the final, which takes place at 12:15 p.m. Sunday.
Sophomore Jennifer Monk (Bloomington, Ill./Central Catholic) completed the final three events of the heptathlon and finished in fifth place with 4,555 points.
In the long jump, Monk recorded a distance of 5.14 meters (16'10 1/2") to place fourth, and she took third in the javelin with a throw of 30.77 meters (100'11"). Monk rounded out the competition with a fourth-place showing in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:29.89.
Yesterday, Monk won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.70 seconds. She was sixth in the high jump after clearing the bar at 1.52 meters (4'11 3/4") and seventh in the shot put with a throw measuring 9.61 meters (31'6 1/2"). Monk rounded out day one with a fifth-place showing in the 200-meter dash when she crossed the line in 26.64. The sophomore will round out the heptathlon Saturday with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run.
Other JMU competitors on Saturday included sophomore Danyelle Kent-Robinson (Bristow, Va./Brentsville) in the 100-meter hurdles and JMU's 1,600-meter relays team of junior Jaclyn Smith (Arlington, Va./Yorktown), sophomore Whitney Staton (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor), sophomore Maria McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) and junior Brittany Wilhelm (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point).
Kent-Robinson was 23rd with a recorded time of 14.75 seconds and missed the semifinal round by .29 seconds. The relay squad crossed the line in 21st place with a time of 3:49.58, which missed the final by 6.58 seconds.
The Dukes moved up two spots to sixth place in the 23-team field with 19 points following day two of competition.
The third and final day of the ECAC Championship begins at 11 a.m. with the triple jump. The finals races on the track are set to begin at noon with the 400-meter relay. Live results are available through lancertiming.com.