RALEIGH, N.C., March 30, 2013 – For the second straight week, senior Adrena May (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) tossed a personal best in the hammer throw competition and notched the second-best throw in school history for James Madison track & field.
On the final day of the Raleigh Relays, May threw the hammer 49.17 meters to finish 14th out of 62 competitors. She improved on her throw from last week’s Virginia Cup, a toss of 48.68 meters.
Sophomore DaQuaa Scott (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) heaved the hammer 45.78 meters on Saturday and came in 23rd in the event. It was her best toss since setting the school record of 50.05 meters at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational on April 14, 2012.
The Dukes saw two relay teams qualify for postseason on Saturday as both the 4x100-meter relay team and the 4x400-meter relay ‘A’ team met the qualifying marks for the Eastern College Athletic Conference outdoor championships in May. Out of 41 teams, the 4x100-meter relay team finished 19th with a time of 47.61 seconds, beating the standard of 47.94 seconds. Anchored by junior Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook), the race was started for the Dukes by junior Lauren Privette (Round Hill, Va./Loudoun Valley). Freshman Rachel Watkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) and junior Ashley Williams (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) ran the other two legs.
Morris was also a member of the James Madison team that qualified for the 4x400-meter relay when they clocked in at 3:51.51. The team surpassed the ECAC standard of 3:51.84 to finish in 11th place out of 38 teams. Morris, who ran the third leg of the race, was joined by senior Maria McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) in leg one, sophomore Destiny Simmons (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) in leg two and sophomore Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional) in leg four.
The top finish of the day belonged to the 4x800-meter relay team who came in sixth out of 22 teams with a time of 9:17.61. The team was comprised of sophomore Tiel Westbrook (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis), sophomore Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes), junior Kelsey Seymour (Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria) and freshman Kathleen Stewart (Holland, Pa./Council Rock South).
On Friday, senior Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) qualified for the ECAC outdoor championships in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 35:20.76. Her 19th-place finish out of 34 athletes surpassed the qualifying mark by nearly 20 seconds (37:40.24).
The lone competitor in Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday was sophomore Kelsey Langton (Hamilton Square, N.J./Mountain Lakes). She set a personal record in the 800-meter run when she crossed the line in 2:14.76, cutting 1.43 seconds off of her previous best.
JMU returns to Virginia for another weekend of split competition April 5-6. The Dukes will head both Williamsburg, Va., for the Colonial Relays and Lynchburg, Va., for the Liberty Collegiate Invitational next Friday and Saturday.