LYNCHBURG, Va., Feb. 8, 2013 - Freshman Adrienne Alexander (Queens, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) won her first event for the James Madison track & field team at the Liberty Quad, one of three Dukes to win on Friday afternoon.
Alexander's 13.66-meter toss in the shot put is the third-longest toss in JMU History. Sophomore DaQuaa Scott (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) tossed the fourth-longest heave in school history at 13.53 meters and placed third in the meet. Both qualified to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference indoor championships in early March, surpassing the 2013 standard of 13.50 meters.
Scott won the weight throw event by flinging the 20-pound weight 16.84 meters. The distance is second in school history only to her own 17.65-meter toss at the 2013 Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup on Feb. 2.
The third victory for the Dukes came courtesy of senior Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) in the 60-meter dash. McDonald ran an ECAC-qualifying time of 7.65 seconds in the final heat to win the event but had qualified earlier with a 7.64-second time in her preliminary heat. Freshman Rachel Watkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) was just behind her at 7.86 seconds to take second place in the finals but came up just shy of the 7.68-second qualifying time necessary to compete in the ECAC indoor championship.
On Thursday, sophomore Nicole Gilbert (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) competed in the pentathlon at the Sweetheart Multi-Mix Madness in Annapolis, Md. She came in 11th place out of 19 athletes, posting 2,550 points. Of the five events, she won the long jump event with a distance of 5.31 meters and finished second in both the 60-meter hurdles (9.79 sec) and 800-meter run (2:32.15). However, Gilbert took ninth place in the shot put (9.35 meters) and a no-height in the high jump was too much to overcome.
Following a busy week in competition, JMU now has athletes qualified for the ECAC indoor championships in eight different events. The Dukes will look to increase that number when they venture to Blacksburg, Va. next weekend for the Virginia Tech Challenge. Competition begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 15 and continues through 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 16.