JMU roundup: Stewart earns cross country honor

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RICHMOND – James Madison junior Kathleen Stewart had an excellent weekend on the cross country course and was rewarded for her efforts with Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week honors, the league office announced Tuesday.

Stewart placed 19th in the gold race at the Paul Short Run last weekend at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She covered the 6,000-meter course with a personal-best time of 20:33, which was more than two-and-a-half minutes better than her previous best (23:12), set at last year’s Paul Short.

Her time was the second-fastest mark ever recorded by a JMU runner at the Paul Short Run as she helped the Dukes finish 17th out of 38 teams.

“She’s been making big advances the whole year, she’s been putting herself out there and I think this will give her a lot of confidence for the rest of the year,” head coach Dave Rinker said of Stewart’s race at Paul Short.

This is Stewart’s first career weekly award from the CAA and marks the first time in three years (Oct. 4, 2011) that a JMU runner received the laurel when then-junior Katie Harman (JMU ’13) earned her second award of the 2011 season.