PHILADELPHIA, Pa., April 27, 2013 – Competitors for James Madison track & field finished the College Women’s 4x800 Championship of America Relay in a school-record 8:46.16 on Saturday afternoon, the final day of the 119th Penn Relays. The time beat the previous mark of 8:47.28 set in 1998. The time was also thirty seconds faster than the qualifying mark of 9:16.24 necessary to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships this May.
Sophomore Tiel Westbrook (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) took the first leg, running her split in 2:11.83. Senior Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) had the fastest split with a 2:10.41 time in leg two. Sophomore Kelsey Langton (Hamilton Square, N.J./Notre Dame H.S.) ran the third leg in 2:12.71 while junior Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) closed out the race with a 2:11.23 split in the final leg.
Reiner is now the ninth Duke eligible to compete in the 4x800-meter relay at the 2013 ECACs. Westbrook, Langton and Lopresti qualified during the indoor season as members of other relay teams.
The fastest time in the event came from Villanova as the relay team set an event record at 8:17.45, surpassing the previous best of 8:17.91 (Tennessee). Oregon clocked in at 8:17.62 for a second-place finish while LSU rounded out the top three at 8:19.43.
JMU next travels to Towson, Md., for the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Track & Field Championships May 3 &4. The heptathlon is the first women’s event on the schedule with an 11:15 a.m. start for the hurdles. Women’s field events start at 11:30 a.m. and running events get underway at 1:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.