Last year the Dukes finished eighth out of 40 teams in the gold race. Senior Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent) was the top finisher for JMU at the event, crossing the line in 17th place with a time of 20 minutes, 46 seconds.
JMU will compete in the women's college Gold race once again this year. The 41-team field includes Colonial Athletic Association foes Delaware, Towson, VCU and William and Mary Hofstra will also be competing in the Brown race.
Three of the top 10 nationally-ranked schools will also be running in the event. Top-ranked Villanova, sixth-ranked Georgetown and No. 11 Virginia will each be in competition in the Gold race.
"We are not backing way off of our training at this point in the season, so we are going to be racing tired," Head Coach Dave Rinker said. "The goal is to peak in November, and in order to do that we have got to keep our volume of training up for a couple of more weeks."
The six-kilometer Gold race begins at 11:45 a.m. with post-race awards being presented at 12:45 p.m. inside Goodman Stadium.
In the first race of the season, the Dukes won the JMU Open Cross Country Invitational at New Market Battlefield on Sept. 11. Seven runners placed in the top 10 for JMU, and Parris won the individual title by more than one minute over the nearest competitor.