JMU roundup: Dukes move up in cross country rankings

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NEW ORLEANS – The James Madison University cross country team moved up two spots to No. 11 this week in the Southeast region as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its week two regional poll Monday.

JMU’s placement matched its preseason ranking and improved from the No. 13 ranking it received in the week one poll (Sept. 15).

The Dukes are coming off a third-place finish at the Longwood/adidas Invitational last Friday in Farmville. Rookie Nicole Goff led the squad with a third-place individual finish at the event, completing the 5,000-meter course in 19:22. That mark was only six seconds off the lead pace and was better than anyone on Richmond’s roster, which won the team title.

Madison is one of four Colonial Athletic Association schools to once again receive a regional ranking this week, joining William & Mary (4th, Southeast), Elon (9th, Southeast) and Delaware (12th, Mid-Atlantic).

The Dukes are off this weekend but return to action Oct. 4 when they run at the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.