TOWSON, Md., Sept. 21, 2013 – The James Madison cross country squad started the 2013 season with a team win at the Towson Invitational on Saturday morning.
The Dukes notched four top-10 finishes en route to the win, tallying 35 team points and running an average time of 18:21.32 for the five-kilometer race. They defeated eight teams, including five conference opponents.
Out of 85 runners, sophomore Jenna Flickinger (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) led the charge with a second-place finish, crossing the finish line in 17:57.78. She was just 5.6 seconds off the individual winner, Towson’s Elizabeth Tauber (17:52.18).
In her first race for JMU, freshman Tessa Mundell (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) finished in fifth place with a time of 18:17.14. Junior Kristen Landry (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) was just behind her in sixth place with a final time of 18:18.62.
Rounding out the top 10 for the Dukes was junior Rachel Hagen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls), who placed 10th after completing the course in 18:34.52. Freshman Lillie Brown (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) notched the final score for JMU with a 12th place finish in a time of 18:38.50.
Freshmen Allison Huschke (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) and Maria Snyder (Woodbury, Pa./Northern Bedford County) completed their first races for Madison on Saturday with 28th-place (19:12.98) and 39th-place (19:54.36) finishes, respectively.
Sophomore Kathleen Stewart (Holland, Pa./Council Rock South) placed just behind Huschke in 29th (19:16.04), junior Kelsey Langton (Hamilton Square, N.J./Notre Dame H.S.) crossed the line in 32nd place (19:33.40), and sophomore Laura Dobbs (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) tallied a 35th-place finish (19:47.32) to complete the day.
Delaware took second place among the nine teams, picking up 42 points. CAA-newcomer College of Charleston placed third with 80 points, host Towson earned a fourth-place finish with 107 points and UNC-Wilmington rounded out the top five with 120 team points.
The Dukes return to action on Saturday, October 5, when they head to Bethlehem, Pa., for the Paul Short Invitational.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS – JMU
2. Jenna Flickinger, 17:57.78
5. Tessa Mundell, 18:17.14
6. Kristen Landry, 18:18.62
10. Rachel Hagen, 18:34.52
12. Lillie Brown, 18:38.50
28. Allison Huschke, 19:12.98
29. Kathleen Stewart, 19:16.04
32. Kelsey Langton, 19:33.40
35. Laura Dobbs, 19:47.89
39. Maria Snyder, 19:54.36
1. James Madison, 35 points
2. Delaware, 42 points
3. College of Charleston, 80 points
4. Towson, 107 points
5. UNC-Wilmington, 120 points
6. Morgan State, 166 points
7. Hofstra, 178 points
8. District of Columbia, 256 points
9. Bowie State, 275 points