ANNAPOLIS, Md, Jan. 12, 2013 - The James Madison track and field squad won its dual meets against Maryland-Eastern Shore (192 to 184) and Mount St. Mary's (238 to 175) to go 2-3 at the 2013 Navy Invitational. Held at the U.S. Naval Academy's Wesley Brown Field House, the Dukes lost the head-to-head team competition against Delaware (280 to 216), host Navy (312 to 199) and former league adversary VCU (234 to 172).
Points were awarded to the team's first finisher in the top-eight competitors of each event. First place earned 10 points, second place earned eight points and third through eighth place won descending points from six to one unless there was a tie.
JMU was led by three individual victories during its first meet of the indoor season. Senior Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) set a facility record when she won the 5,000-meter run, finishing the race in 16:55.71. Her time, good enough to qualify for the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships in March, destroyed the previous mark of 17:03.51 that was set on Jan. 28, 2012.
Senior Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) clinched a victory in the long jump competition with a leap of 5.66 meters. She holds the long jump record at the Wesley Brown Field House, a jump of 6.00 meters she made on Jan. 15, 2011. McDonald also turned in a top-five performance in the 60-meter dash, crossing the line in 7.82 seconds.
The Dukes took back-to-back finishes in the distance medley relay with units finishing first and second. Finishing in first place was the JMU 'A' team of senior Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley), sophomore Morgan Sheaffer (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry), senior Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) and junior Kelsey Seymour (Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria) with a time of 11:54.86. The JMU 'B' team, comprised of sophomore Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes), sophomore Tiel Westbrook (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis), sophomore Kelsey Langton (Hamilton Square, N.J./Notre Dame HS), and senior Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes), crossed the line in 12:03.46 to take second place. Both performances qualified the teams for the ECAC indoor championships.
In her first track and field meet as a Duke, freshman Kathleen Stewart (Holland, Pa./Council Rock South) turned a 5:13.05 performance in the mile run to take third place. Sophomore Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional) finished third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.09 seconds, and sophomore Rachel Hagen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) took home fourth place in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:31.34.
Senior Christianna Moss (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) threw the fourth-longest distance in the weight throw competition as she heaved the weight 14.93 meters. Rounding out the top-five finishes by the Dukes was the 'A' team in the 4x400-meter relay. Senior Jaime Lott (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland), junior Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook), sophomore Destiny Simmons (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) and Waddell turned in a third-place time of 3:55.52.
JMU will return to action in two weeks when the squad splits for two meets on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26. Some of the Dukes' roster will compete in the Liberty Invitational while others will travel to the Virginia Tech Invitational.