BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 15, 2013 - James Madison track and field closed the books on day one of the Virginia Tech Challenge with two personal bests and one qualified athlete for the Eastern College Athletic Conference indoor championships.
Senior Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) took sixth place in the mile with a personal best of 4:57.50, surpassing the qualifying mark of 4:59.04 for the ECACs. Sophomore Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) clocked in 10 seconds later for seventh place.
In the weight throw competition, senior Christianna Moss (Montpelier, Va./Patrick Henry) took fourth place with a personal-best toss of 15.36 meters. Earlier in the day, senior Whitney Staton (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) tied for fourth place in the long jump when she launched herself 5.43 meters into the pit.
Senior Maria McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) finished sixth overall in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:37.18 after winning her heat by more than five seconds to start the day for JMU. Fellow senior Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) had a solid second-place finish in the second heat of the 3,000-meter run and placed eighth overall at the 10:03.08 mark.
Sophomore Jasmine Waddell (Mount Royal, N.J./Kingsway Regional) advanced to the final heat of the 60-meter hurdles competition when she completed the event in 8.94 seconds, the eighth overall time in the preliminary races. In the final heat, she crossed the line in 8.97 seconds and finished in seventh place.
The Dukes will return to Rector Fieldhouse tomorrow morning for the second day of competition in the Virginia Tech Challenge. First up for JMU will be 800-meter run at 1 p.m.