JMU Women Second in CAA Women's Cross Country

TOWSON, MD -– Competing without two of its top runners, James Madison finished second to William and Mary in the Colonial Athletic Association Women's Cross Country Championships Saturday morning at Oregon Ridge Park.

Six Tribe runners finished in the top seven, and Tribe two-time All-America Ali Henderson won the 6,000-meter race with a time of 20 minutes, 14 seconds. She beat her nearest competitor, teammate Emily Halm, by 38 seconds. Halm was clocked in 20:52.

William and Mary finished with a meet-low 18 points and was followed in the team standings by JMU (51), Hofstra (78), Towson (123), Virginia Commonwealth (140), Delaware (161), George Mason (186) and North Carolina Wilmington (202).

JMU was led by sophomore Shannon Saunders (Forest, Va./Jefferson Forest), who finished third in 21:06. Sophomore Nelly Anderson (Charlotte, N.C./Cordillera Academy) was eighth in 21:29, and sophomore Tiffany Cross (Rockville, Va./Atlee) placed 11th in 21:58. The three earned All-CAA honors by finishing in the top 12.

The Dukes, who had won the last four CAA cross country titles, were without their top runner, senior Jennifer Lapetoda (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun County) as well as senior Ashley Payne (Reston, Va./Herndon). Both runners were unable to compete due to injury.