STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Feb. 2, 2013 -- Sophomore DaQuaa Scott (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) tossed the 20-lb. weight 17.65 meters (57-11.00) and set a record for James Madison track & field Saturday at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup, hosted by Penn State. Her fourth-place toss notched five points for the Dukes and qualified her for the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships in March.
The Dukes scored 30 points and finished eighth out of 13 competing teams while qualifying three individual athletes and a relay team for the ECAC championships.
Junior Kristen Greene (Colonial Heights, Va./Thomas Dale) heaved a 13.20-meter (43-03.75) toss in the shot put competition, the longest toss in JMU history behind Jessica Wade. She finished in ninth place in the event.
Senior Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) had the top finish of the day for the Dukes as she took third place in the 3,000-meter run. She completed the race in 9:50.92 and netted six points for JMU. Fellow senior Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) crossed the line less than three seconds behind her and put five points on the board for the Dukes with her fourth-place finish. Both qualified for the ECAC championships with their times.
The 4x400-meter relay team claimed sixth place in the event and earned three points with its 3:51.93, which qualified the team for the ECAC championships. Anchored by sophomore Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional), senior Whitney Staton (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) took the first lap for the Dukes with sophomores Destiny Simmons (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) and Morgan Sheaffer (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) running the second and third legs.
In the 600-meter run, sophomore Kelsey Langton (Hamilton Square, N.J./Notre Dame H.S.) completed the race in 1:33.72 for fourth place, and sophomore Morgan Sheaffer (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) was just behind her at 1:34.99 for seventh place. The duo picked up five and two points, respectively.
Host Penn State won the event on its Senior Day, finishing with 177.50 points. Fellow Colonial Athletic Association member UNCW finished in a tie for ninth place with 26 points.
JMU will be back in action next Friday. The team will send athletes to both the Valentine's Invitational in Boston, Mass., and Liberty Quad in Lynchburg, Va., for competition on February 8.