LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 13, 2010 - The James Madison cross country team turned in its top team regional finish since 2001 at the NCAA Southeast Region Championships held Saturday at Louisville's E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park..
The Dukes, led by a 13th-place finish by senior Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent), tied for fifth place with Virginia Tech. That marked the team's best finish in the region meet since placing fourth in 2001.
Virginia won the team title with 65 points and was followed by North Carolina (100), Duke (122), North Carolina State (153), JMU (208) and Virginia Tech (208)..
Parris, who earned All-Region honors with her 13th place, completed the 6,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 47.5 seconds.
Other JMU runners included sophomore Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes), 34th in 21:21.5; sophomore Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh), 44th in 21:35.0; sophomore Katie Harman(Clarksville, Md./River Hill), 51st in 21:39.0 and junior Jess Zozos (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler), 66th in 21:59.9.
Senior Kelly Jemison (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) placed 109th in 22:37.3, and freshman Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) finished 164th in 23:16.3.
There were 37 full teams entered in the meet, and 253 runners completed the race. North Carolina State freshman Laura Hoer crossed the finish line first in 19:54.5.