HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 19, 2010 - The James Madison cross country team will travel to New York on Saturday for the 26th running of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park.
The Dukes will look to win their fourth ECAC title and first since 2001. At last year's meet, JMU finished tied for third and then-freshman Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) was the top finisher in eighth place.
The women's race will feature 39 collegiate teams, including last year's ECAC Championship and University Race winners Boston College and Marist. Joining JMU from the Colonial Athletic Association are Delaware, George Mason, Hofstra, Towson and William and Mary.
"This is the best team we've had since we last won the ECAC's," Head Coach Dave Rinker said. "Hopefully we have one more [race] left in us. If we can position ourselves early and focus in the middle, then we can run with anybody."
Last weekend, the Dukes finished tied for fifth at the NCAA Southeast Regional (Nov. 13) in Louisville, Ky. Senior Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent) led the team with a 13th-place finish out of 253 participants to earn All-Region honors.
Other JMU runners included Nobles, 34th, sophomore Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh), 44th, sophomore Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill), 51st and junior Jess Zozos (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler), 66th.
Senior Kelly Jemison (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) placed 109th and freshman Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) rounded out the Dukes in 164th place.
JMU enters all seven runners from the region meet into the ECAC race, along with sophomores Mikaela Davis (Elkton, Va./Spotswood), Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) and Michelle Savarese (Middletown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic).
Coaches' Women's Race (ECAC - 5,000m)
ECAC Championship Division (5,000m)
ECAC University Division (5,000m)