HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 29, 2011- The James Madison cross country team will head to Hampton, Ga. for Saturday's Colonial Athletic Association Cross Country Championships, being hosted by Georgia State University at Nash Farm Battlefield.
The women's six-kilometer championship event is slated to start at 11 a.m. The award ceremony will follow at noon. Fans can watch the race with free admission.
Last year, the Dukes snapped William and Mary's streak of seven consecutive team titles by capturing the program's sixth CAA Cross Country championship. When asked about defending the crown at the upcoming race, head coach Dave Rinker put heavy emphasis on teamwork. "We're ready. William and Mary is much better than they were last year. We have a chance of being as good as we were last year, but things have to fall together. We can't control anyone else though; we can only control what we do."
Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va. /Ocean Lakes), Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md. / River Hill) and Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa. /Plymouth-Whitemarsh) will highlight the team as three juniors, all of whom were top-ten finishers at last year's CAA Championship. Going into this weekend's race James Madison is ranked No. 10 in the Southeast Region of the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings.
Coach Rinker felt confident that the three would again make strong finishes in this year's race. "Stacy and Katie [Harman] are very competitive as far as competing for the top two or three spots at the conference meet. Katie Gorman is in as good of shape as she's ever been, but the conference competition is also better this year so she hopes to be back near the top again."