Bobb Leads the Way for Women’s Track & Field at JMU


Coach Bobb split the women’s and field team this Saturday, with most of the athletes venturing south for their second consecutive trip to Virginia to compete in the James Madison Invitational. The 4×100 meter relay got it going early for the Retrievers, sprinting to a time of 47.30s for fourth overall today and the America East. The 4×400 meter relay finished the afternoon with a time of 3:46.56s to place second overall, remaining first in the conference.

First-year student Genelle Stephens returned with a silver finish in the 400-meter hurdles, crossing the line at 1:01.41s for a new personal best. Stephens now finds herself second in the event among the conference’s elite. For the Women’s 1500m meter , sophomore Diana Pukys finished tenth overall at 5:10.14s, a collegiate debut for Pukys. Junior Judy McLaughlin ran for a season’s best today in the 800-meter event, placing sixteenth overall at 2:27.69s.Â

Continuing action in Harrisonburg, VA, speed indeed showed in the 100-meter dash as junior Za’Kayza Parsons improved her personal best by .01s for a sixth-place finish at 12.04s. Parsons’ 5.47-meter jump was sixth overall, now seventh in both events for the America East. The 400-meter dash saw personal and season’s bests across the board for the Retrievers. Junior Caitlyn Bobb took gold with a time of 54.28s, while first-year Shannel Sibblies placed tenth overall at 57.54s. Both ladies find themselves in the top ten for the May event, with Bobb defending her crown. 200-meter dash results also saw two personal bests from freshmen Khai Lambert (26.03) and Madison Diggs (26.55).

UP NEXT: The Retrievers will be back in the greater Baltimore area on Saturday, April 20th, for a meet at the Naval Academy.

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