After earning 87 points on Saturday at the Virginia 529 Colonial Athletic Association Track and Field Championships, the James Madison track and field team has earned its first ever CAA title. The Dukes, who earned 132 total points, edged out VCU (126.5) and Georgia State (122), earning the right to be called CAA Champions.
Juniors Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) Danyelle Kent-Robinson (Bristow, Va./Brentsville) and Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) and sophomore Jordan Simmons (Plainfield, N.J./Bishop Ahr) each won individual championships on the final day of competition.
Harman took the 1,500-meter title in 4:30.70, while Kent-Robinson earned the high jump crown with a leap of 1.70m. Simmons paced the field in the 100 meters in 11.76 and Reiner capped off an impressive day for the Dukes with a win in the 800 meters in a time of 2:10.02.
Also competing in the 100-meter dash for JMU was junior Marissa McDonald (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East). McDonald picked up a fifth-place finish in the event, crossing the line in 11.83.
In the 1,500 meters, sophomore Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) and freshman Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) also competed for Madison. Lopresti finished eighth in competition with a time of 4:39.30 and Landry took 11th in 4:46.08
Junior multi-event athlete Jennifer Monk (Bloomington, Ill./Central Catholic) wrapped up competition in the heptathlon on Saturday. Monk entered the day in third place, but a strong second-place finish in the 800-meter run, the heptathlon's final event, moved her into second place. Monk earned the silver medal, totaling 4,436 points.
Also scoring for the Dukes on the final day of competition was freshman Daquaä Scott. Scott earned fifth in the shot put event, hurling the rock 12.90 meters. Sophomore teammate Kristen Green (Colonial Heights, Va./Thomas Dale) finished in ninth place, just outside the scoring range, with a heave of 12.50 meters.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Michelle Savarese (Middletown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) added a couple more points to the Dukes' total. Her time of 11:38.07 was good for seventh place in the event.
The Dukes 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams each picked up points for Madison as well. In the 4x100, McDonald, Simmons, and sophomores Ashley Williams (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) and Ciarra Morris (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook) placed third in a time of 45.91. Senior Jaclyn Smith (Arlington, Va./Yorktown), freshman Destiny Simmons (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee), Morris, and junior Jaime Lott (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) wrapped up competition at the championships with a fifth place finish in the 4x400. The team crossed the line in 3:51.07.
The Dukes return to competition on Friday, May 11 at the ECAC Championships in Princeton, N.J.
1 James Madison 132
2 VCU 126.5
3 Georgia State 122
4 George Mason 98.5
5 Delaware 96
6 UNC-Wilmington 68
7 Towson 60.5
8 William and Mary 57.5
9 Northeastern 57
* A portion of this release used courtesy of the CAA