HARRISONBURG, Va., November 14, 2011- After running a solid race and finishing in eighth place out of 35 teams at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Louisville, Ky., the James Madison University women's cross country team now looks to close out the season by defending its Eastern College Athletic Conference title in New York City.
The Dukes will send a full squad to the ECAC meet Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx where head coach Dave Rinker says they are looking forward to an opportunity to repeat as champions of the East. "After having a very good meet at regionals we are definitely going into the meet feeling like we can compete with the top teams," said Rinker. "We have two runners in Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) and Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) that are running very well. I think they can definitely finish in the top ten individually."
The opportunity for JMU to repeat comes just one weekend after an eighth-place regional finish for the Dukes that saw five runners finish in the top 80 and all seven Dukes finish in the top half of the field. Harman finished 17th for the Dukes, earning All-Region honors. Five Madison runners, including Harman, Nobles, senior Jess Zozos (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler), junior Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hills, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) and freshman Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes), have All-CAA honors under their belts.