HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 2, 2010 - The James Madison women's cross country team is ranked ninth in the Southeast region of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll, released Monday, Nov. 1.
The Dukes, fresh off their first Colonial Athletic Association championship since 2002, fell two spots in the poll despite their showing at the conference meet.
Five JMU runners earned All-CAA status for placing in the top 12 at the CAA Championship on Saturday, Oct. 30, at UNC Wilmington.
Senior Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent) was the meet's Most Outstanding Performer after she won the women's six-kilometer race. She covered the three-loop course in 20 minutes, 23 seconds for her first CAA individual title.
Sophomore Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) was the runner-up as she crossed the line in 20:49, one second ahead of William and Mary's Elaina Balouris (20:50).
Sophomore Katie Harman(Clarksville, Md./River Hill) took fifth place with a time of 21:08, and sophomore Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) was eighth in 21:24. Junior Jess Zozos (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) rounded out the team scoring in 12th with a time of 21:48.
JMU returns to action Friday at the Cavalier Open at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
The CAA champion Dukes will head to the NCAA Southeast Regional meet on Saturday, Nov. 13, in Lousiville, Ky.
Southeast Regional Rankings 1. Virginia 2. Duke 3. North Carolina 4. North Carolina State 5. Richmond 6. Wake Forest 7. Virginia Tech 8. Clemson 9. James Madison 10. Liberty 11. William and Mary 12. Western Kentucky 13. Kentucky 14. Louisville 15. Appalachian State