RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 9, 2010 - James Madison senior Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent) was named the Colonial Athletic Association cross country Athlete of the Year in a vote by the league's head coaches.
Head Coach Dave Rinker was also honored as the CAA cross country Coach of the Year.
Parris won the individual title at the 2010 CAA Cross Country Championship in Wilmington, N.C., after covering the six-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 23 seconds, the second-fastest time in championship history. She won the event by 26 seconds and led the Dukes to their first team championship since 2002. Her time also broke UNC Wilmington's course record by 43 seconds.
She earned All-Region honors at the NCAA Southeast Regional with a time of 20:47, good for 13th place. She finished her cross country career at JMU with an individual victory at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship with a time of 17:27, earning herself All-East accolades and leading JMU to the team title.
Rinker was selected as the Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career after leading the Dukes to their first conference title in eight years. They also placed fifth at the NCAA Southeast Regional, their highest finish ever and won the team title at the ECAC Championship for the first time since 2001.
The CAA also recognized the 2010 All-CAA women's cross country team, made up the top 12 finishers from the CAA Championship. Along with Parris, four other Dukes earned All-Conference honors.
Sophomore Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) was runner-up with a time of 20:49, sophomore Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) finished fifth in 21:08, sophomore Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) took eighth place in 21:24 and junior Jess Zozos (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) rounded out the All-CAA team in 12th with a time of 21:48.