JMU roundup: Dukes pick up seventh home football game

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HARRISONBURG — The James Madison University football program has added a 12th game to its 2013 schedule as the Dukes will host Charlotte on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m., at Bridgeforth Stadium. The game fills an open date for both squads, with a return game to Charlotte to be scheduled in the near future for this home-and-home series.

Returning as a member of Conference USA starting in the 2013-14 year, the 49ers football team will play its inaugural season in 2013 as an independent FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) program and will compete in its first FBS season in Conference USA in 2015. Charlotte will be bowl eligible for football in the 2016 season.

“We have always kept our options open for a 12th game and this was a great opportunity to have one and to get it at home,” JMU football coach Mickey Matthews stated in a school news release. “It gives us the chance to give the JMU Nation another great game day experience at Bridgeforth Stadium, while taking advantage of the first of the two years that allows us to play 12 games. I am grateful to the administration of both schools for working to make this game to occur.”

“I want to thank everyone at JMU as well as Charlotte AD Judy Rose for their work on this series,” JMU Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne said. “We are always looking to maximize the experience for our student-athletes and this opportunity allowed us to do that for our football program. We are excited to be able to play an up-and-coming program like Charlotte, as it will give another one of our great JMU alumni bases an opportunity to see the Dukes play in their hometown.”

Season ticket holders will receive this bonus game at no extra charge as part of their season ticket package. Due to the late nature of this schedule addition, most accounts will receive their tickets and parking for the game against Charlotte in a different mailing, separate from their season ticket package.

Track and Field

NEW ORLEANS — The James Madison track & field squad earned its second straight Division I All-Academic accolade from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) after posting a cumulative team grade point average (GPA) of 3.13 during the spring 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons.

Katie Harman and Jennifer Monk, who both graduated in May 2013, as well as rising sophomore Jenna Flickinger were tabbed as USTFCCCA All-Academic individuals.

Team academic honors are awarded to squads with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better. Individual honors are given to athletes with a GPA of 3.25 or better. In total, 187 teams, including seven from the Colonial Athletic Association, and 710 women earned the distinction.

Harman became a two-time CAA champion in 2013 with her second straight win in the 1,500-meter run. She also placed 13th in the 5,000-meter run at the Eastern College Athletic Conference outdoor championships and 35th in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA East Regional.

Flickinger joined Harman at the NCAA East Regional and tallied a 21st-place finish in the 10,000-meter run. As the lone Duke at the US Track & Field Junior Nationals, she notched a seventh-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. At her first conference championship meet, she placed second in the 10,000-meter run.

Monk set a JMU record in the outdoor heptathlon at the CAA championships, posting a second-place score of 4,796 points. Her performance surpassed her previous best of 4,555 points and the previous record of 4,782 points, set in 2008 by Christine Nicewonger.