NEW ORLEANS, La., Sept. 19, 2011 - The James Madison cross country team fell one spot to sixth in the Southeast regional ranking in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Week Two poll, released Monday.
Clemson out of the Atlantic Coast Conference jumped ahead of the Dukes after climbing two spots from seventh to fifth. The Tigers won the Clemson Invitational on Friday (Sept. 16) and upset Florida State, the sixth-ranked team in the country, in the process. The ACC now claims the top-five positions in the region.
JMU is one of four Colonial Athletic Association schools in the poll. William and Mary fell two spots in the Southeast to 11th and Georgia State held on to its ranking of 10th in the South, while Towson entered the rankings for the first time this year at 13th in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Last week, junior Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) was named the CAA Co-Runner of the Week after turning in a runner-up finish at the JMU Open Invitational on Sept. 11. Harman covered the 5.2-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 13.7 seconds as she helped the Dukes to a second-place team finish behind Navy. She shared the conference accolade with GSU freshman Hannah Stefanoff.
JMU has this week off before heading to a pair of meets next weekend. The 'A' team will travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 30, while the 'B' squad will head to the George Mason Invitational in Leesburg, Va., on Oct. 1.