HARRISONBURG, Va., April 14, 2012 - One week before hosting its home meet, the James Madison track and field team split up for meets at the University of Miami and George Mason. Madison met eight ECAC-Qualifying marks in Miami, including a JMU record throw in the hammer by freshman Daquaä Scott (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee). In Fairfax, two Dukes qualified for the ECAC championships as well as a pair of first-place finishes*.
Scott earned second place in the hammer throw with a heave of 50.05 meters, the best throw in JMU history. Scott's mark breaks a four-year old record set by Jennifer Marinacci ('10). Marinacci's mark of 46.84 was bested by over three meters. The record, however, is just less than one meter short of ECAC qualifying.
ECAC qualifiers for the Dukes include junior Danyelle Kent-Robinson (Bristow, Va./Brentsville), who placed seventh in the high jump, clearing 1.70 meters. Kent-Robinson's jump is tied for third highest in Dukes history. In the discus, junior Christianna Moss's (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) throw of 43.13 meters was good for fifth in the event.
Junior Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) qualified in the long jump. She leapt 6.02 meters, good for fifth place, and senior Jaclyn Smith (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) placed sixth in the triple jump bounding 12.05 meters.
In the sprints, junior Jordan Simmons (Plainfield, N.J./Bishop Ahr) met the ECAC standard in both the 100 and 200-meter dash events. She placed 15th in the 100 meters, finishing in 11.85 seconds, and 16th in the 200 meters in 24.21. McDonald also qualified for the ECAC's in the 100-meter dash. She placed 19th with a time of 12.07.
At the Patriot Open Invitational in Fairfax, juniors Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) and Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) each qualified for ECAC competition. Harman won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:22.75 while Reiner took sixth in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:08.75. Harman's time ranks as the sixth fastest in JMU history.
Madison also got a first-place finish* from junior Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh). Gorman competed in the 5,000-meter run, finishing the race in 17:30.50. Also competing in the 5,000 meters for JMU were senior Jess Zozos (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler), freshman Rachel Hagen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls), sophomore Carrie Payne (Annandale, Va./W.T. Woodson) and freshman Morgan Price (Gainesville, Va./Brentsville). Zozos finished second* with a time of 17:52.53 while Hagen took third* in 18:20.66. Payne finished in fifth* place with a time of 18:29.26 and Price took ninth*, crossing the line in 18:40.89.
Other notable JMU finishes at George Mason include a third-place effort by junior Michelle Savarese (Middletown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, a fourth-place finish by sophomore Sarah Jochem (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) in the high jump and a seventh-place finish by sophomore Lauren Privette (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley) in the long jump.
Senior Adrena May (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) also finished 11th in the hammer throw. Her distance of 44.03 meters is the fifth best in JMU history and ranks her as the fourth best athlete after Scott broke the JMU record in Miami. Rebecca Eisenhauer ('09) owns both the third- and fourth-longest heaves.
*Among Collegiate Runners. Gorman finished second overall, Zozos third, Hagen fifth, Payne seventh and Price 11th.