LYNCHBURG, Va., Feb. 17, 2014 – Juniors Nicole Gilbert (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) and Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional) led a small contingent of James Madison track & field athletes with third-place finishes Monday at the Liberty Quad meet.
Competing in the pentathlon for the second time this indoor season, Gilbert took third out of seven competitors, sparked by a second-place showing in the long jump. Her 3,391 points rank fourth on JMU’s indoor record book. Gilbert’s teammate, freshman Summer Walter (Warren, Pa./Bayside (Va.)), placed one spot behind her in fourth.
Waddell qualified for the final heat of the 60-meter hurdles after crossing the line fourth with a time of 9.22 in the preliminaries. She improved her time to 9.21 in the finals to take third out of 10 runners.
Freshman Annie Johnson (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) turned in the best performance of her young collegiate career, posting two top-five finishes. She took fourth out of 17 runners in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.98, while sophomore Justice Seward (Virginia Beach,Va./Salem) was eighth in the event. Johnson also competed in the 200-meter dash, taking fifth out of 25 runners with a time of 26.25.
Sophomore Adrienne Alexander (Queens, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) rounded out JMU’s top performers with a seventh-place finish in the shot put. She struggled to register a distance with fouls on five of her six attempts, but managed to finish in the top half of the 20-athlete field with a distance of 13.43 meters.
The Liberty Quad meet was originally scheduled for Friday but was rescheduled to Monday due to inclement weather.
JMU will send athletes to two separate events this weekend. The Dukes will compete at the Virginia Tech Challenge on Friday and Saturday, and the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday.