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Katie Gorman (left) and Katie Harman (right) led the Dukes at the 2012 Roy GriakCourtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Comm
Cross Country Ties for Eighth Place at Roy Griak Invitational
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:09/29/2012

HARRISONBURG, Va. - The James Madison cross country team tied Baylor for eighth place among 17 teams in the Women's Gold Division I event at the Roy Griak Invitational.  The 6,000-meter race was held at the Les Bolstad Cross Country Course in Minneapolis, Minn. on Saturday afternoon.

The Dukes were led by seniors Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill), Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) and Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes).  The senior trio finished within 30 seconds of each other in the 23rd minute of the race.  Harman crossed the finish line at 22:00.8 in 24th place, Gorman followed at 22:20.6 in 38th place and Nobles rounded out the JMU top three at 22:27.7 for 43rd.  There were 211 runners entered in the race.

Three more Dukes completed the run in less than 24 minutes.  Sophomore Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) came in 94th place with a time of 23:28.6, freshman Jenna Flickinger (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) took 99th place with a 23:32.7 time and senior Annie Reiner (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) finished in 108th place with a time of 23:40.9.

Sophomore Rachel Hagen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) rounded out the seven scoring positions for JMU.  Hagen completed the race in 24:11.1 to take 128th place in the race.  Madison scored 253 total points on the day.

Iowa State took first place in the meet with 47 team points, including an individual first-place finish by senior Betsy Saina and second-place finish by senior Meaghan Nelson.  Weber State placed second with a team score of 82, led by junior Amber Henry with a third-place finish and senior Sarah Callister with a fifth-place finish.  Host Minnesota rounded out the top three teams in third place with 86 points.  The Gophers were led by a third-place individual finish by junior Laura Docherty.

JMU will return to the course on Oct. 13.  The 'A' squad will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Chili Pepper Invitational, and the 'B' squad will head to the William and Mary Open in Williamsburg, Va.

Top-10 Team Scores
1. Iowa State                             47
2. Weber State                          82
3. Minnesota                             86
4. Connecticut                           88
5. University of Guelph              135
6. Portland                               183
7. Boise State                          189
8. Baylor                                  253
    James Madison                   253
10. Utah Valley                         279

JMU Finishes
24. Katie Harman, senior                     22:00.8
38. Katie Gorman, senior                     22:20.6
43. Stacey Nobles, senior                    22:27.7
94. Kristen Landry, sophomore             23:28.6
99. Jenna Flickinger, freshman             23:32.7
108. Annie Reiner, senior                     23:40.9
128. Rachel Hagen, sophomore            24:11.1
156. Kathleen Stewart, freshman          24:47.7
160. Kelsey Langton, sophomore          24:54.2
192. Tiel Westbrook, sophomore          26:34.1

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