TOWSON, Md., May 2, 2013 – The James Madison track & field squad will defend its 2012 conference title May 3-4 at the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Track and Field Championships in Towson, Md. Competition begins Friday morning with the heptathlon 100-meter hurdles at 11:15 a.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
JMU will battle five other teams for the team title: UNCW, Northeastern, William & Mary, Towson and Delaware. George Mason will participate in the meet but is not eligible to win the team championship as they are moving to the A-10 conference this summer.
Last year, the Dukes won their first CAA title with 132 team points, edging out VCU (126.5 points) who finished second in 2012. JMU fielded six event championships en route to the win from five athletes, and seniors Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill), Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) and Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) will each return to defend titles. Harman will again compete in the 1,500-meter run, and Reiner will take on the 800-meter run for the final time in conference competition. McDonald will also defend her individual title for the long jump.
In addition to a second league crown, JMU will also look to qualify more athletes for the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships. This will be the Dukes’ final opportunity to hit qualifying marks as the meet is held May 10-12. Last weekend at the Penn Relays, the Dukes set a school record in the 4xx800-meter relay with a time of 8:46.16. Reiner, a member of the relay team, is now the ninth Duke eligible to compete at the event at the ECACs.