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Three JMU Track and Field Athletes Headed to NCAA East Preliminary
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:05/19/2011
Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 19, 2011 - Three James Madison track and field student-athletes were awarded berths into the NCAA East Preliminary meet on Thursday, which takes place at Indiana's Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on May 26-28.

Senior Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent) will race in the 5,000-meter run, and sophomore Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) is entered in the 1,500-meter race while sophomore Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) will be in the long jump.

"We're very excited we have Marissa, Katie and Alison participating at the NCAA first round meet," Head Coach Ta' Frias said. "The ladies have worked very hard and we're glad to see them rewarded by getting in [the first round meet]."

Parris, the Colonial Athletic Association champion in the 5,000, finished third in the same event at last weekend's Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship with a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 32.17 seconds, which is the third-fastest time in JMU outdoor history. She is seeded 33rd for the NCAA East meet.

Harman was 11th in the 1,500 at the ECAC Championship after crossing the line in 4:28.01, and she received the 48th and final spot in the East Preliminary race. Two weeks ago at the CAA meet, she was fourth in the event.

McDonald qualified in the long jump after a personal-best leap of 6.04 meters (19'9 3/4") at the ECAC meet. That mark ranks third all-time at JMU and she is seeded 40th for next week's meet.

For more information on the NCAA East Preliminary, visit the meet page

NCAA Schedule:




Thursday, May 26    
Long Jump (McDonald)


1 p.m.

1,500m (Harman)

First Round

4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 28    
1,500m (Harman)


6:30 p.m.

5,000m (Parris)


8:05 p.m.

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