NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 16, 2011 - The James Madison cross country team was named a 2010 Division I All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday.
The USTFCCCA honored a record 192 institutions which represented 30 conferences, up from last year's total of 176 programs.
JMU compiled a 3.18 cumulative grade-point average and was one of eight Colonial Athletic Association schools to be honored on this year's list.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at its respective NCAA regional championship.
The Dukes won the CAA Championship back on Oct. 30, 2010, marking the first title for JMU since 2002. Senior Alison Parris (Saint Leonard, Md./Patuxent) won the individual title, breaking UNC Wilmington's course record with a time of 20 minutes, 23 seconds on the six-kilometer course.
JMU's success carried into November with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Region Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 13. Parris led the Dukes with a 13th-place showing and helped the team turn in its best team finish since 2001 when JMU was fourth.
One week later, the Dukes were at it again, claiming the team title at the 2010 Eastern College Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Nov. 20. It was the fifth championship in the program's history. Parris completed her cross country career at JMU with the individual title, covering the five-kilometer course in 17:27.4.
Following the season, Parris was named the CAA Athlete of the Year and Head Coach Dave Rinker was honored at the conference's Coach of the Year.