LYNCHBURG, Va., April 6, 2013 – Freshman Adrienne Alexander (Queens, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) heaved the shot put 13.52 meters at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational on Saturday afternoon, setting a personal record and notching the second-best toss in James Madison outdoor track & field history for the second time.
Alexander previously held the slot with a distance of 13.40 meters which she set March 23, 2013 at the Virginia Cup. Her distance, good enough for a third-place finish, was just 0.08 meters shy of the Eastern College Athletic Conference qualifying mark of 13.60 meters.
Sophomore Daquaä Scott (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) finished in seventh place in the shot put with a toss of 13.04 meters, and junior Kristen Greene (Colonial Heights, Va./Thomas Dale) finished in ninth place with a toss of 12.67 meters.
Scott and Greene also competed in the discus throw, posting distances of 40.57 meters (5th place) and 35.17 meters (10th place), respectively. Senior Christianna Moss (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) led the event for JMU with a third-place finish and a distance of 41.62 meters.
In the first heptathlon competition of the season for the Dukes, senior Jennifer Monk (Bloomington, Ill./Central Catholic) took second place with 4,402 points and was just 44 points behind the winner. She finished second in the long jump (5.09m), fifth in the javelin throw (28.57m) and fourth in the 800-meter run (2:26.90).
Sophomore Nicole Gilbert (Hanover, Mass./Hanover) competed in her first collegiate heptathlon and came in seventh place with 3,735 points. Her best event of day two was the long jump as she launched herself 4.94 meters for a fourth-place ranking at 543 points.
Rounding out the top-three finishes for JMU was sophomore Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional). She ran the 100-meter hurdles in 14.43 seconds and placed third in the event. She also competed in the 200-meter dash and crossed the line in 26.82 seconds for 14th place.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Dukes ran in four relays at the Colonial Relays on Saturday, placing in the top seven in three of the four.
JMU finished sixth in the 4x200-meter relay, coming in at 1:43.98. Senior Whitney Staton (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) took the first leg, freshman Rachel Watkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) handled the second leg, senior Jaime Lott (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) received the third handoff and freshman Justice Seward (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) anchored the team.
Watkins was also the second leg of the seventh-place 4x100-meter relay team. The team that clocked in at 48.11 seconds was also comprised of juniors Lauren Privette (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley), Ashley Williams (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) and Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook).
The Dukes claimed seventh place in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay with a time of 4:13.18. Williams was joined on the team by freshman Kalyn Simmons (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park), sophomore Destiny Simmons (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) and senior Maria McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East).
JMU will split for the third straight weekend to compete in two different meets on April 13. Several athletes will trek south for the Hurricane Alumni Invitational in Miami, Fla., while others will go to nearby Fairfax, Va., for the Patriot Open Invitational.