NEW MARKET, Va., Sept. 11, 2010 - James Madison senior Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent) won the JMU Cross Country Invitational and led the Dukes to the team title Saturday morning at the New Market Battlefield.
Parris completed the 5.2-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 21.3 seconds and finished more than a minute ahead of her nearest competitor.
Seven JMU runners placed in the top 10, and the Dukes won the five-team meet with 15 points. Longwood was second with 62, followed by Radford (74), Howard (94) and Mountain State (127).
In the men's race, George Mason had the top four finishers, including race winner Everett Hackett, who covered the 7.9-kilometer course in 25:09.6.
Mason easily won the men's team competition with 16 points and was followed by Navy's B team with 46. Radford was third (102), followed by Longwood (103), Howard (121) and Mountain State (176).
JMU's other top-10 finishers included sophomore Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hills), who placed second in 19:24.3. Sophomore Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) finished fourth in 19:31.1, and junior Jess Zozos (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) was fifth in 19:33.3.
Freshman Kelsey Seymour (Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria) took sixth in 19:58.5, while sophomore Anne Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) placed eighth in 20:48.5. Freshman Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) finished ninth in 20:48.8.
"Today we had probably one of the best meets we've ever had this early in the season,'' JMU coach Dave Rinker said. "We had certain plans we wanted to try to do, racing strategies, plans to stick to. I thought we did a fantastic job. The last 2K we really wanted to work together but go after things, and they did a great job. It's probably the best team effort that we've ever had on this course. We ran time-wise better than any other team previously.
"I love the way this group is coming together. I think they've got their eye on the prize, and I think we're going to get better every week. We've got good depth, and Alison (Parris) is just running exceptionally well up front. Stacey Nobles (2009 conference Rookie of the Year) didn't compete today, and you put her in there and all of a sudden we're seven or eight deep and I think we've got a chance to be pretty good."