BRONX, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2010 - The James Madison cross country team won the Eastern College Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning at Van Cortlandt Park.
The victory is the fifth ECAC championship in program history and the first since 2001. The Dukes won the 12-team event with 47 points and Colonial Athletic Association foe William and Mary was second with 79 points.
Senior Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent) wrapped up her collegiate career with a victory in her final race as a member of the JMU cross country team. She covered the five-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 27.4 seconds in the 113-person field.
Parris crossed the finish line 6.3 seconds ahead of George Mason's Laura Sinclair. She became the first JMU individual runner to finish first at the ECAC championship since Cindy Dunham in 2001.
Sophomore Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) took fifth place with a time of 17:49.6, and sophomore Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) crossed the line in 17:52.6, good for 10th place. Sophomore Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) was 12th in 17:53.6, and junior Jess Zozos (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) took 19th place with a time of 18:17.8.
Other Dukes that competed were sophomore Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes), 47th in 18:54.0; senior Kelly Jemison (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac), 58th in 19:07.4; freshman Erin Lopresti (Cranberry Towsonship, Pa./Seneca Valley), 60th in 19:11.3; sophomore Mikaela Davis (Elkton, Va./Spotswood), 95th in 20:09.0 and sophomore Michelle Savarese (Middletown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic), 96th in 20:13.1.
Following JMU and William and Mary, La Salle took third with 90 points, Columbia was fourth with 94 points and Syracuse rounded out the top five with 130 points. George Mason took sixth with 172 points and Delaware was 11th with 272 points.