TOWSON, Md., May 3, 2013 – After three scoring-finishes in the 10,000-meter run, James Madison track & field is in second place with 42 team points following six scored events on day one of the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Championships. The Dukes were in fourth place prior to the final event of the night.
William & Mary currently leads the meet with 76.50 points while Delaware is just behind JMU in third place with 37.50 points. Northeastern sits in fourth place with 34 points, UNCW is fifth with 18 points and Towson rounds out the field with 14 points in sixth place.
Freshman Jenna Flickinger (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) paced the Dukes with a second-place finish in a time of 34:40.33 to earn eight points for JMU. The time surpassed the previous CAA-meet record of 35:43.56 and is the fifth-best finish in JMU history. She also qualified to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships next weekend as she dominated the necessary time of 37:40.24.
Senior Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) also beat the previous conference-meet record with her third-place time of 35:20.66, earning six points for the Dukes. It is her best time of the season, although she is already eligible for the ECAC championships. Sophomore Rachel Hagen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) finished in eighth place with an ECAC-qualifying time of 37:21.48 and picked up another point for JMU.
Senior Adrena May (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) tied the best finish of the day for JMU with a second-place showing in the hammer throw. Her toss of 48.82 meters notched eight points for the Dukes. Senior Christianna Moss (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) heaved a personal-best 45.27 meters in the event, the fifth-best throw in school history, to earn two points for the team. Freshman Adrienne Alexander (Queens, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) placed ninth with a throw of 43.87 meters, just outside of the point-scoring top eight.
In the javelin throw, junior Kristen Greene (Colonial Heights, Va./Thomas Dale) put six points on the board for JMU with her heave of 39.09 meters, good for a third-place finish. Senior Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) placed third in the long jump with a leap of 5.85 meters to net six points, and senior Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) notched five points in the 5,000-meter run with a fourth-place finish in 17:13.38.
The heptathlon completed four events on Friday and will complete the final three on Saturday. Senior Jennifer Monk (Bloomington, Ill./Central Catholic) won the 100-meter hurdles event with a time of 14.44 seconds and currently sits in second place.
Sophomore Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional) qualified to compete in the final heat of the 100-meter hurdles with an ECAC-qualifying time of 14.10 seconds. She ran a personal best in the event as well as the third-best time in JMU history. The final heat is scheduled for 1:55 p.m. on Saturday.
Senior Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) took the top spot in the preliminary rounds of the 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.67. Sophomore Morgan Sheaffer (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry), who placed third overall in the preliminaries with a time of 2:14.94, will also compete in the final round of the 800-meter run at 2:50 p.m.
Junior Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) and sophomore Destiny Simmons (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) will each compete in the 400-meter dash finals at 2:20 p.m. tomorrow after finishing their preliminary heats in 55.48 seconds and 56.58 seconds. Freshman Rachel Watkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) qualified for the finals of the 100-meter dash after a time of 12.31 seconds on Friday. The finals are set for 2:35 p.m.
The final day of the CAA championships begins at 10 a.m. on May 4 for the Dukes with the shot put and heptathlon long jump. JMU will close the day with the 4x400-meter relay at 4:25 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.