ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan. 9, 2014 - Paced by four individual titles, including a program-record performance by sophomore Adrienne Alexander (Queens, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin), and one relay win, the James Madison track & field team posted a 2-2 record at the season-opening Navy Winter Invitational on Thursday. The Dukes posted wins over Maryland-Eastern Shore (246-152) and Mount St. Mary's (257-133), while falling to Delaware (297-211) and Navy (320-221).
Senior Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes), senior Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill), freshman Morgan Crewe (Emporia, Va./Greensville County) and Alexander posted individual victories, while Harman, junior Morgan Sheaffer New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry), freshman Lillie Brown (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) and senior Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) teamed up to win the distance medley relay.
Alexander's winning toss of 13.93 meters in the shot put broke JMU's previous record of 13.82m set in 2010 by Jessica Wade. Senior Kristen Greene (Colonial Heights, Va./Thomas Dale) easily outdistanced the third-place competitor with a throw of 13.42m, good enough for the fifth-best distance all-time at JMU.
Nobles led a dominant showing by JMU in the 5,000-meter run, crossing the line first with an ECAC-qualifying time of 17:11.02. The Dukes took three of the top four spots in the event as sophomore Jenna Flickinger (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) finished second and also met the ECAC standard with a time of 17:30.17, and Rachel Hagen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) took fourth in 18:21.30.
JMU also took the top two spots in the 1-mile run. Harman cruised to the title in the mile with an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:55.78, the 10th-fastest time in JMU history. Freshman Tessa Mundell (Mohnton,Pa./Governor Mifflin) was right behind her at 5:02.89.
Crewe started her collegiate career off on the right track, winning the high jump by clearing 1.65m in her first-ever event with the Dukes. She wasted little time etching her name in the JMU record books as her jump is tied for fourth best on the program's indoor list.
Other individual runner-up showings for JMU included Sheaffer in the 500-meter run, freshman Carol Strock (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) in the 1,000-meter run and junior Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional) in the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Destiny Simmons (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee), freshman Ebony Owusu-Sampah (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton), senior Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) and freshman Abby Duncan (Keedsville, Md./Boonsboro) each ran a leg on the second-place 4x400 relay team.
Waddell was the fifth JMU athlete to crack the program's top-ten list on the day. Her time of 8.99 in the 60-meter hurdles was good enough for seventh all-time.
Additional notable performances for the Dukes came from sophomore Rachel Watkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) and freshman Annie Johnson (Medford, N.J./Shawnee), who finished fourth and fifth in the 60-meter dash, respectively, and Simmons with a fourth-place time in the 200-meter dash.