FAIRFAX, Va., April 13, 2013 – The James Madison track & field team qualified three more athletes for the Eastern College Athletic Conference outdoor championships at the Patriot Open Invitational on Saturday.
Freshman Jenna Flickinger (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) led the way with the top finish of the day at second place in the 5,000-meter run. With her time of 17:07.30, she posted the 10th-best time in school history and passed the ECAC-qualifying mark of 17:16.64 in her first showing in the event at the collegiate level.
Senior Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) also qualified with her third-place finish in the 5,000-meter run, crossing the line in a personal-best 17:12.31. Sophomore Rachel Hagen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) set a personal record at 18:14.73 in 13th place, and junior Carrie Payne (Annandale, Va./W.T. Woodson) came in 23rd with a time of 19:38.15.
Senior Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) qualified to compete in the 1,500-meter run at the ECACs when she completed the race in 4:23.42, over seven seconds faster than the 4:30.94 required, to finish fifth. Fellow senior Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) clocked in at 4:32.15 in 13th place and sophomore Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) was just behind her in 14th place with a personal-best time of 4:34.60. Freshman Kathleen Stewart (Holland, Pa./Council Rock South) closed out the race for the Dukes in 32nd place with a time of 4:47.18.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) finished in fifth place with a time of 11:11.37. She was followed by senior Michelle Savarese (Middletown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) at 12:05.32 and freshman Laura Dobbs (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) at 12:13.23 in 11th and 12th place, respectively.
Hurricane Alumni Invitational
In Miami, Fla., freshman Adrienne Alexander (Queens, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) placed third in the shot put competition with a toss of 13.56 meters. She set a personal record with the distance, improving upon her second-best distance in JMU history. Senior Jennifer Monk (Bloomington, Ill./Central Catholic) finished 13th in the event with a distance of 9.81 meters, and sophomore Nicole Gilbert (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) came in 14th place with a toss of 9.42 meters.
Monk’s best finish of the day came in the javelin throw where she took fourth place with a toss of 28.55 meters. Gilbert notched an eighth-place finish in the event with a throw of 23.50 meters.
Sophomore Destiny Simmons (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) set a personal record in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 24.76 seconds and setting the eighth-best time in school history with her 18th-place finish. Freshman Rachel Watkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) and junior Ashley Williams (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) both came in at 25.37 seconds, finishing in 33rd place and 35th place, respectively. The difference in placements comes from a +0.0 wind reading for Watkins and a -0.1 wind reading for Williams.
Watkins and Williams both represented JMU in the 100-meter dash at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational. Watkins ran a personal-best 12.28 seconds for 29th place, and Williams tallied a 30th-place finish with her time of 12.38 seconds.
Rounding out the day’s top-five finishes was sophomore Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional) in the 100-meter hurdles. She crossed the line in 14.47 seconds to take fifth place. Monk took ninth place with a time of 14.95 seconds.
JMU next competes on Saturday, April 20 as the Dukes host the JMU Open Invitational for the first time at the new University Park complex. Competition is slated for a 10 a.m. start.