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Cross Country Wins 2012 JMU Open Invitational
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:09/15/2012
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HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison women's cross country won the 2012 JMU Open Invitational Saturday morning behind six top 10 finishes, including a first-place finish by senior Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh).

Gorman finished the 5-kilometer run at New Market Battlefield in 18:56.5 to clinch the victory.  Her time was 4.5 seconds ahead of Mary Baldwin's Sophia Stone, who finished second.

Two seniors from Virginia Beach, Va., rounded out the top five for the Dukes. Stacey Nobles came in third place with a time of 19:12.5, and Annie Reiner placed fifth, finishing in 19:46.3.

In the first home meet of her collegiate career, freshman Jenna Flickinger (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) finished just behind Reiner at 19:48.2, earning her sixth place. 

Sophomores Tiel Westbrook (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) and Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) battled for the final team-scoring position of the day, with Westbrook just edging Landry for the eighth-place finish.  Westbrook ran the course in 19:55.6 while Landry crossed the finish line at 19:55.9.

The Dukes finished with 23 points (1, 3, 5, 6, 8) on the day, winning them first place in the women's race.  Second place went to VMI with 52 team points (4, 10, 11, 13, 14), and Longwood took third with 96 points (7, 17, 22, 23, 27).

For the men, VMI took the team victory with 20 points (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) behind four top five finishes.  The individual victory, however, went to Skeeter Morris who participated in the race unattached.  Howard came in second with 46 points (1, 8, 9, 13, 15).  Longwood picked up a second third-place finish with 75 points (10, 14, 16, 17, 18).

JMU will take next weekend off before the 'A' squad heads for the Roy Griak Inviational in Minneapolis, Minn., and the 'B' squad heads for the George Mason Invitational in Oatlands, Va.  Both meets will be held on Saturday, September 29.


Women's Team Scores

1.      James Madison  University             23 points

2.      Virginia Military Institute                 52 points

3.      Longwood University                      96 points

4.      Southern Virginia University           113 points

5.      Howard University                         131 points

6.      Mary Baldwin College                    134 points


Women's Top-10 Finishes

1.      Katie Gorman, JMU                                      18:56.5

2.      Sophia Stone, Mary Baldwin                           19:01.0

3.      Stacey Nobles, JMU                                     19:12.5

4.      Jenna Moye, VMI                                           19:38.6

5.      Annie Reiner, JMU                                       19:46.3

6.      Jenna Flickinger, JMU                                 19:48.2

7.      Alisha Royal, Longwood                                 19:48.9

8.      Tiel Westbrook, JMU                                    19:55.6

9.      Kristen Landry, JMU                                     19:55.9

10.   Natalie Young, VMI                                          20:08.0


Other JMU Runners

12.  Kelsey Langton, sophomore                      20:31.3

13.  Kathleen Stewart, freshman                      20:34.3

15.  Rachel Hagen, sophomore                         20:53.2

17.  Jacki Ferrance, senior                               21:01.7

18.  Erin Lopresti, junior                                   21:05.5    

20.  Morgan Sheaffer, sophomore                     21:37.8

21.  Emily Cole, freshman                                 21:41.9

34.  Laura Dobbs, freshman                              22:57.2

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