HARRISONBURG, Va., Feb. 22, 2013 - The James Madison track & field team gets its last chance to qualify for the Eastern College Athletic Conference indoor championships this Sunday when the Dukes travel to Fairfax, Va., for the George Mason Last Chance meet on Feb. 24.
Madison will send 17 athletes to compete in 11 different events. Field competition gets underway at 10 a.m. with the long jump, and runners line up at 11 a.m. for the preliminary heats of the 60-meter hurdles.
JMU has athletes qualified in 12 events for the ECAC championships held March 1-3 in Boston, Mass. Four of those events were added at the Virginia Tech Invitational Feb. 15-16.
Senior Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) added the mile run to the Dukes' list of events when she ran a personal-best 4:57.50 last Friday at Virginia Tech, surpassing the standard of 4:59.04. She is also qualified to run in the 3,000-meter run alongside senior Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) and in the distance medley relay with sophomores Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes), Tiel Westbrook (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) and Kelsey Langton (Hamilton Square, N.J./Notre Dame H.S.).
Langton used last week's meet to qualify herself for a solo run as she met the standard for the 800-meter run (2:14.44). She ran the race in 2:10.71 and finished second in the event, the highest finish for the purple & gold in Blacksburg, Va.
Juniors Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) and Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) also punched their tickets to Boston at the Virginia Tech Invitational. Morris clocked a personal-best 56.68 in the 400-meter dash, beating the standard of 57.04 seconds, and Lopresti ran a 2:54.40 in the 1,000-meter run, exceeding the ECAC mark of 2:56.24.