JMU roundup: Dukes earn regional ranking in women’s cross country

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NEW ORLEANS — Just days removed from running at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships, the James Madison Universiyt women’s cross country team moved back into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association regional rankings on Monday, coming in at No. 15 in the Southeast.

The Dukes finished third at the CAA Championships on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Franklin Field in Boston and were led by a pair of All-CAA honorees in junior Kathleen Stewart and sophomore Tessa Mundell.

Stewart placed third in the CAA meet, 40 spots better than her 2013 finish, while Mundell earned the honor for the second straight season, crossing the line in ninth place.

James Madison was one of three CAA schools to receive a regional ranking this week, joining conference champion William & Mary (5th, Southeast) and CAA runner-up Elon (10th, Southeast).

The Dukes will hit the trails next on Nov. 14 when they travel to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.