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Morgan Sheaffer ran the second leg for the winning 4x800M relay team on Mar. 3.Courtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Communications
Track & Field Wins 4x800-Meter Relay on Final Day of ECAC Championships
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/03/2013
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BOSTON, Mass., March 3, 2013 - Sophomores Tiel Westbrook (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis), Morgan Sheaffer (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) and Kelsey Langton (Hamilton Square, N.J./Notre Dame HS) and junior Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) won the 4x800-meter relay with a school-record time of 8:46.9 on the final day of the Eastern College Athletic Conference indoor championships.   

The team finished 3.6 seconds ahead of the winning squad from the 2012 ECAC indoor championships and 9.7 seconds ahead of the previous school record for the 4x800-meter relay, a time of 8:56.61 seconds set in 2001.

Their first-place finish scored 10 points for the James Madison track & field team and helped the Dukes finish in a five-way tie for 16th place out of 53 teams.  JMU finished the championship meet with 16 points alongside Army, Fordham, Boston College and Vermont.  Connecticut won the championship meet with 60.50 points.

Senior Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) posted five points for the Dukes on Sunday with a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter dash.  McDonald crossed the line in 7.59 seconds, 0.2 seconds behind the winning runner. 

The distance medley relay team rounded out the scoring performances for JMU as the team took eighth place with a time of 11:46.89.  Senior Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) ran the opening leg and passed the baton to sophomore Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional) for the second leg.  Sophomore Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) took the second handoff while junior Kelsey Seymour (Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria) anchored the team.

Senior Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) notched a personal-best time of 9:52.94 in the 3,000-meter run for 16th place to conclude the track events for the Dukes.

On the field side, McDonald jumped 5.58 meters in the long jump competition to earn ninth place.  Freshman Adrienne Alexander (Queens, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) heaved the shot put 13.19 meters to take 17th place at her first ECAC championship meet.

With the indoor schedule now complete, JMU will take a three-week break to prepare for the outdoor slate.  The Dukes will kick-off the outdoor track & field season at the UVA Invitational on Saturday, March 21 in Charlottesville, Va.

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