NEW ORLEANS, La., Oct. 29, 2012 -- The James Madison women's cross country team has jumped to eighth place in the standings for the Southeast Region according to the final regular-season poll by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Dukes moved up three spots after being ranked 11th in the Southeast in week five. Eighth place is the highest ranking for the squad this season since being ranked seventh in the preseason poll.
Duke holds steady as the top-ranked squad in the region. William & Mary, the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association cross country champion, also stays fixed as the No. 2 team in the Southeast while Delaware, the third-place CAA team at last week's championship meet, was again voted 11th in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Madison placed second in last Saturday's CAA cross country championships race in Williamsburg, Va. Seniors Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill), Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) and Stacey Nobles (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) each turned in top-10 finishes for the Dukes, coming in second, fourth and sixth in the meet. All three earned All-CAA recognition in their final conference run.
Freshman Jenna Flickinger (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) placed 11th, earning her first collegiate all-conference honor, and sophomore Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) rounded out the point-scoring finishes for JMU with a 13th-place showing.
JMU will travel to Charlotte, N.C., for the NCAA Southeast Regionals on Friday, Nov. 9. The women's race is set to begin at noon.