JMU Heads to Louisville for NCAA Southeast Regional on Saturday
HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 11, 2010 - The James Madison cross country team will travel to Louisville, Ky., for Saturday's NCAA Southeast Region Cross Country Championships at Louisville's E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.
The Dukes, ranked ninth in the latest regional poll, will race against the top teams from the Southeast region, with the top two teams being guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 22. Teams finishing third or lower and individuals may qualify when the NCAA determines at-large berths on Sunday.
"I think we are stronger this year, but the whole region is stronger," JMU Head Coach Dave Rinker said. "We are ranked ninth going in. If we run well, I think we have a shot of anywhere from fourth up to eighth place. Right now I think we're peaking, and we are ready to run our best race of the season."
Last year JMU finished sixth as a team and senior Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent) took ninth place individually. Parris received an at-large berth into the 2009 NCAA Championship, where she finished in 71st place.
Parris, the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association champion, will once again attempt to make it back to the NCAA Championships in her final season.
"I think Alison is ready to go against the best of them, and it just comes down to who has the right race on the right day," Rinker said. "Hopefully she has two more really good races left in her and I think she does."
JMU's team includes four other runners who all earned All-CAA status and will be racing to try to give JMU a team berth into the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) finished runner-up to Parris at the CAA Championship on Oct. 30. Sophomores Katie Harman(Clarksville, Md./River Hill) and Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) took fifth and eighth places, respectively, while junior Jess Zozos (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) rounded out the team scoring in 12th place.
The women's six-kilometer race is slated for a 10 a.m. start.