JMU\'s Baxter, Cawley Punch Tickets To IC4A Indoor Championships

HARRISONBURG, Va. (2/14/05) – Sophomore Dave Baxter (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) and junior Paul Cawley (Mount Pleasant, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) each met qualifying standards for the 2005 IC4A Championships with their performances at the Virginia Tech Challenge over the weekend.

Baxter qualified for his second event when he placed fourth among 46 entries in the mile. He turned in a time of four minutes and 14.13 seconds, finishing behind three runners from Virginia, including winner Cory Duquette (4:09.51). The IC4A standard is 4:14.40. Baxter qualified for the 1,000 two weeks ago when he emerged fifth on the Dukes' all-time chart at 2:25.93.

Cawley will return as a competitor in the 500-meter run after turning in a second-place showing with a time of 1:04.91. Stanley Lagrenade of Georgetown won the 14-man race in 1:03.91. Cawley finished sixth in the event at the 2004 IC4A Championships.

The Dukes' distance medley relay improved upon its previous IC4A qualifying time, placing third in 10:11.07. Baxter and Cawley were joined on the unit by sophomore Peter Novick (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) and senior Evan Kays (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft).

Junior Allen Carr (Yorktown, Va./York) had a noteworthy race in the 1,000, clocking in at 2:30.68 for a fourth-place finish among 29 runners.

JMU will next compete on Feb. 19 in the George Mason Invitational in Fairfax. The IC4A Championships are slated for March 4-6 in Boston.