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Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:10/04/2010
Courtesy: JMUSports.com
HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 4, 2010 - The James Madison women's cross country team is ranked eighth in Southeast region of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll, released Monday.

This is the third week in a row the Dukes have held eighth position in the region.

JMU placed third at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa., on Friday, Oct. 2. The Dukes finished the race with 169 points, with three runners finishing in the top 20 of the Gold race.

Senior Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent) took third place with a time of 20 minutes, 15 seconds, just 11 seconds behind Georgetown's Emily Infeld, who won the race.

Sophomore Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hills) took 15th place with a time of 20:55, and sophomore Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) finished five seconds later at 21:00, good for 20th place.

Colonial Athletic Association foe William and Mary dropped three spots to 14th in the Southeast, while Towson moved into the Mid-Atlantic rankings at No. 12.

Virginia Tech made the biggest jump in the Southeast region this week, moving up nine spots to No. 6 after a second-place finish at the North Carolina-Charlotte Invite. The Hokies finished just nine points behind the winner of the event, Clemson. Wake Forest also moved ahead of JMU to No. 7 after a third-place showing at Charlotte.

The Atlantic Coast Conference now owns the top seven spots in the Southeast region.

JMU returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 16, when the team splits off for the Indiana State Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., and the William and Mary Open in Williamsburg, Va.
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