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welcome 2011 CAA Cross Country Champions

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coaching staff Dave Rinker

Head Cross Country Coach Assistant Track & Field Coach Coaching Specialty: Distance, middle distance • 14th year at JMU • 29th collegiate coaching season • Coach, U.S. Senior Men, IAAF World Cross Country Championships (2003) • Coach, U.S. Men’s Junior World Cross Country Championships (1998) • Seven CAA team championships (women 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2011; men 1999) • ECAC (2001, 2010) and IC4A (2003) team championships • Eight CAA individual champions • Eight CAA Runners of the Year • 13 NCAA national track and field qualifiers • Two NCAA cross country All-Americas • 119 NJCAA Cross Country/Track & Field All-Americas

Coach of the Year • CAA (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2011) • NJCAA national men’s (1987, 1990) • NJCAA national men’s outdoor track and field (1999)

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coaching staff Bill Walton

Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Coaching Specialty: Sprints, horizontal jumps • 27th year at JMU • Mid-Atlantic Region outdoor track and field Coach of the Year (1990) • CAA cross country Coach of the Year (1987, 1992) • 31 NCAA All-Americas • 42 ECAC/IC4A champions • 56 NCAA qualifiers • IC4A president (1998-99) • NCAA Track and Field/Cross Country Committee (2010-2014) • Chair of NCAA Cross Country Committee for NCAA Division I Championships (2010-11)

2012-13 Cross Country Team SITTING (left to right): Katie Gorman, Anne Reiner, Michelle Savarese, Stacey Nobles, Kristen Landry, Kelsey Langton, Morgan Sheaffer, Rachel Hagen, Katie Harman STANDING ON GROUND (second row; l to r): Carrie Payne, Jenna Flickinger THIRD ROW (l to r): Tiel Westbrook, Erin Lopresti, Kelsey Seymour, Jacki Ferrance, Caroline Morris, Julie Strange FOURTH ROW (l to r): Kathleen Stewart, Maria McDonald, Emily Cole, Laura Dobbs

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2012 dukes

Jacki Ferrance

Katie Harman

Sr., Mechanicsville, Va. (Lee-Davis)

Sr., Clarksville, Md. (River Hill)

Pre-medicine psychology major with a minor in biology

Health sciences (occupational therapy) major with a minor in exceptional education

• 2011 CAA Most Outstanding Performer after first-place finish at CAA Championships

• Four-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient • Two-time JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete

• ECAC individual champion as a junior

“At every meet, even the conference meet when everyone was focused on their own races, everyone came together to cheer for each other and encourage them. Everyone really cares about each other and tries to help make everyone better.”

• All-Region after 17th place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional “What I’m looking forward to most about practicing and/or competing at the new University Park complex is the nice track location. Hopefully it will be less windy, allowing us to get in more quality track workouts. The complex looks amazing!”

Katie Gorman Sr., Lafayette Hill, Pa. (PlymouthWhitemarsh) Kinesiology (exercise science) major

Maria McDonald Sr., Harrisburg, Pa. (Central Dauphin East) Health sciences major in the prephysician assistant program

• All-CAA after a 12th-place finish at 2011 CAA Championships

• Two-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient

• 5th-place finish at 2011 JMU Open Invitational

• Two-time JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete

• 2012 VaSID Academic All-State Team

“Our teamwork, support and the drive we had as one team got us the victory, and I feel as though that is the spirit that we carry with us through practice and in regular meets.”

“One of the top items on my bucket list is to submerge myself entirely in the whirlpool.”

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2012 dukes

Stacey Nobles

Michelle Savarese

Sr., Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes)

Sr., Middletown, N.J. (Red Bank Catholic)

IDLS major with a minor in elementary education

Kinesiology (exercise science) major

• All-CAA after third-place finish at 2011 CAA Championships

• 14th-place finish at 2011 George Mason Invitational

• Third-place at 2011 JMU Open Invitational

• Five-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient

• CAA Cross Country ScholarAthlete of the Year for 2011-12

• Two-time recipient of JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete honor

“My favorite memory from winning the 2011 CAA cross country meet was getting to pick our rings out!”

“An incident that would give an outsider a sense of the true essence of JMU cross country: we built a tent in our locker room out of stools and towels. Just for fun.”

Annie Reiner Sr., Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes) Sociology major with a minor in art

Erin Lopresti Jr., Cranberry Township, Pa. (Seneca Valley) Health sciences major with a minor in gerontology

• 15th-place finish at 2011 CAA Championships • USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Team • Five-time recipient of CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award “Rain/hail/snow/hot/ humid/freezing, doesn’t matter. We’re outside running.”

• 23rd-place finish at 2010 CAA Championships • Three-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient “The best things about JMU are the atmosphere, the beautiful campus and the great food!”

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2012 dukes

Carrie Payne

Julie Strange

Jr., Annandale, Va. (W.T. Woodson) International affairs major

Jr., Leesburg, Va. (Loudoun County) IDLS major with a minor in elementary education

• 13th-place finish at 2011 VMI Relays

• Second-place finish at 2011 VMI Relays

• 18th-place finish at 2011 JMU Open Invitational

• 10th-place finish at 2011 JMU Open Invitational

• CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient

• CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient as a sophomore

“One of the top items on my bucket list is to compete in an ironman!”

“My favorite place around JMU to train is The Gorge because I love the hanging bridge and all the creeks we run through.”

Rachel Hagen So., Sterling, Va. (Potomac Falls)

Kelsey Seymour Jr., Ebensburg, Pa. (Central Cambria)

Nursing major

Communication sciences and disorders major

• Two-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete as a freshman “One thing that really stands out to me is the amount of support we give our fellow teammates. We really did a great job with that this year as a team. At each track meet and at different track events, there was someone from a different event group there supporting and cheering on each other.”

• Sixth-place finish at 2011 George Mason Invitational • 12th-place finish at 2011 VMI Relays • 16th-place finish at 2011 JMU Open Invitational “I just remember being on a road trip to a meet at Liberty, and we were all joking about how the car rides always felt like we were going on a family vacation the way we joked with each other.”

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2012 dukes

Kristen Landry

Morgan Sheaffer

So., Boonton Township, N.J. (Mountain Lakes)

So., New Bloomfield, Pa. (West Perry)

Communications major

Nursing major

• All-CAA after 10th-place finish at 2011 CAA Championships

• 34th-place finish at 2011 JMU Open Invitational

• Fifth-place finish at 2011 VMI Relays

• CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient

• 12th-place finish at 2011 JMU Open Invitational

“My dream job is to be a dolphin trainer.”

“My favorite memory from winning the 2011 CAA cross country meet was just being part of something special and helping to continue the legacy of great running at JMU.”

Tiel Westbrook

Kelsey Langton

So., Mechanicsville, Va. (Lee-Davis)

So., Hamilton Square, N.J. (Notre Dame H.S.)

Kinesiology major

Nursing and health sciences major

• 24th-place finish at 2011 CAA Championships • 19th-place finish at 2011 JMU Open Invitational • 58th-place finish at 2011 ECAC Championships “Every time we are at practice, we all push each other and support each other to do our best.”

• 21st-place finish at George Mason Invitational • 33rd-place finish at JMU Open Invitational • CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient “What I’m looking forward to most about practicing and competing at the new University Park complex is not having as much wind!”

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Emily Cole

2012 dukes

Caroline Morris

Fr., Stafford, Va. (North Stafford) Nursing major • Third-place finish in Commonwealth District in 2011 • Foot Locker South Regional Cross Country Championships participant in 2011 • Team captain as a junior and senior

Laura Dobbs

Fr., Fredericksburg, Md. (James Monroe) Political science major • Fourth-place finish at 2011 Battlefield District championships • 11th-place finish at Region 1 championships in 2011 • MVP award recipient

Kathleen Stewart

Fr., Glen Allen, Va. (Deep Run) Accounting major • Foot Locker South Regional Cross Country Championships participant in 2011 • 11th-place finish in Colonial District in 2011 • Named Coaches’ MVP as a senior

Fr., Holland, Pa. (Council Rock South) Communication sciences and disorders major • Seventh-place finish at 2011 Suburban One League National Conference • U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award recipient in 2012 • Four-time Team Most Valuable Player

Jenna Flickinger Fr., Hummelstown, Pa. (Lower Dauphin) Undecided major • Second-place finish at Mid-Penn Conference Championships in 2011 • Third-place finish at District 3 Championships in 2011 • Top Scholar for Lower Dauphin H.S. class of 2012

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hALL OF FAME

LeAnn Buntrock ‘83

Cindy Slagle ‘84

• All-America Cross Country 1981 • First JMU female cross country runner to earn All-America honors • AIAW National Cross Country Championships – 24th-place in 1981 • All-AIAW Region II cross country – ninth-place in 1981

• All-America 1,500-meter 1982 • AIAW Outdoor National Championships, 1981 and 1982 (sixth in 1,500-meter; 3,000-meter qualifier; 3,200-meter relay competitor) • Virginia AIAW champion in 1,500-meter in 1981 and 1982 • Virginia AIAW champion in 3,200-meter relay in 1982

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olympians & All-Americans Juli Henner ‘92

Mollie DeFrancesco ‘03

Post-JMU

All-America cross country (2002); 3,000m steeplechase (2002); 5,000m (2002)

• First JMU U.S. Olympian, 1,500-meter, Atlanta 1996 • U.S. Olympic Trials 1,500-meter runner-up 1996 • JMU Athletics Hall of Fame 2002 • CAA Silver Anniversary Team

JMU • First female athlete to earn Division I All-America honors in track • 1992 NCAA Outdoor Championships: 10th-place finish in 1,500-meter • All-East: cross country (1992), indoor mile (1991, 1992), 1,500-meter (1991, 1992) • 1,500-meter ECAC Champion (1992) • CAA Champion: 800-eterm (1991), 1,500m (1991, 1992) • All-CAA cross country (1990, 1991, 1992) • CAA Track & Field Championships Athlete of the Meet (1991)

• Only JMU athlete to earn three All-America honors in the same calendar year • Third-ranked American in 3,000-meter steeplechase (2002) • NCAA National Championships participant in 2002: 30th in cross country, fourth in steeplechase, sixth in indoor 5,000-meter • Mondo/U.S. Track Coaches Association Southeast Region Athlete of the Year in 2002 • CAA cross country Runner of the Year (2001, 2002); track and field Athlete of the Year (2002) • Holds school records in steeplechase, outdoor 3,000-meter and indoor & outdoor 5,000-meter • CAA Silver Anniversary Team

Bethany Eigel ‘00 All–America distance medley relay (1997); 5,000m (1997); 3,000m (1998, 2000)

• Only JMU female runner to be named All-America four times • CAA cross country Runner of the Year (1996) • NCAA Indoor National Championships: eighth in distance medley relay (1997), eighth in 3,000-meter (1998) • NCAA Outdoor National Championships: ninth in 5,000-meter (1997), 12th in 3,000-meter (2000) • CAA 3,000-meter champion in 1997 • Holds school records in indoor 3,000-meter and outdoor distance medley relay • CAA Silver Anniversary Team • JMU Athletics Hall of Fame, class of 2009

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ecac champions

Cindy Dunham ‘04

Shannon Saunders ‘06

• USA Track & Field National Championships: 27th in steeplechase (2001) • All-NCAA Southeast Region cross country in 2001 • All-CAA cross country (2001, 2002) • CAA Silver Anniversary Team

• NCAA Cross Country National Championships (2004, 2005) • NCAA Outdoor National Championships in 10,000-meter: 16th (2004), 19th (2006), 20th (2005) • All-NCAA Southeast Region cross country (2004, 2005) • CAA cross country Runner of the Year (2004, 2005) • CAA cross country champion (2004, 2005) • All-CAA cross country (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) • Holds school record in 10,000-meter • CAA Silver Anniversary Team

ECAC Champion: cross country (2001)

Tracey Livengood ’98

ECAC Champion: indoor 5,000m (1998) • NCAA Indoor National Championships: 14th in 5,000-meter (1998) • All-NCAA Southeast Region cross country (1995, 1997) • All-CAA cross country (1994, 1995, 1997) • CAA cross country Rookie of the Year (1994)

ECAC Champion: 10,000m (2005); 5,000m (2005)

Alison Parris ’11 ECAC Champion: cross country (2010)

• CAA Cross Country Athlete of the Year (2010) • CAA cross country individual champion (2010) • CAA track & field champion: 5,000-meter (2011) • NCAA cross country qualifier: 71st (2009) • All-CAA cross country (2008, 2009, 2010)

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caa champions Mollie DeFrancesco

Cross Country: 2001, 2002 3,000-meter steeplechase: 2001, 2002

Heather Hanscom

Cross Country: 2001, 2002 3,000-meter steeplechase: 2001, 2002

Alison Parris

Cross Country: 2010

Shannon Saunders

Cross Country: 2004, 2005 5,000-meter: 2011, 2002

Dena Spickard

Cross Country: 2006 10,000-meter: 2005

Team cross country

1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2011

JMU Athletes Selected to the CAA Silver Anniversary Team

Mollie DeFrancesco Bethany Eigel Cindy Dunham Heather Hanscom Shannon Saunders Dena Spickard

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top performances

5k Cross Country

6k Cross Country

17:08.1 17:10.0 17:15 17:20.2 17:24.0 17:26.0 17:27.4 17:33.3 17:35.0 17:37.0

20:15.0 20:17.0 20:29.3 20:49.0 20:55.0 21:04.9 21:06.8 21:12.4 21:18.9 21:22.0

Heather Hanscom (1999) Bethany Eigel (1996) Katie Harman (2011) Jennifer Lapetoda (2002) Chanley Bregman (1981) Samantha Bates (1996) Alison Parris (2010) Juli Henner (1991) Jenae Strader (1997) Stacey Nobles (2009)

Jennifer Lapetoda

Alison Parris (2010) Mollie DeFrancesco (2002) Shannon Saunders (2004) Stacey Nobles (2010) Katie Harman (2010) Dena Spickard (2006) Nelly Anderson (2005) Cindy Dunham (2001) Michelle Smith (2000) Katie Gorman (2010)

Samantha Bates

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This is JMU

This Is JMU JMU’s beautiful campus includes 111 major buildings on 712 acres. The original campus is built around the Quadrangle, where buildings are constructed of native blue limestone and have ivy coverings. The University’s 19,800 students may choose from 109 degree programs in seven colleges -- College of Arts and Letters, College of Business, College of Education, College of Integrated Science and Technology, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Graduate School. JMU’s academic program combines the liberal arts tradition with preparation for technology in a rapidly changing world. All students receive a strong foundation of knowledge through a rigorous general education program. • Female/Male Ratio: 60/40 • Student/Professor Ratio: 15/1 • Average Class Size: 29

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This is JMU

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this is jmu

• U.S. News & World Report in its 2011 America’s Best Colleges guidebook ranked JMU first in the South among public, master’s-level universities for the 17th straight year. • JMU is Virginia’s most-popular college or university, drawing applications from the greatest percentage of the state’s graduating high school seniors. • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in 2012 ranked JMU 28th nationally on its list of 100 best values in public colleges -- schools that offer a first-class education at a reasonable price. • Yahoo! Internet Life included JMU on its 2001 listing of “The Nation’s 100 Most Wired Universities,” listing JMU 53rd among larger institutions. • JMU was included in the 2002 edition of The Unofficial, Unbiased, Insider’s Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges with one author saying “JMU is almost too perfect to be believed.” • JMU has been described as “one of the best managed, most dynamic public universities in the nation” in The Guide to 101 of the Best Values in America’s Colleges and Universities. • Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine in 2012 ranked JMU’s College of Business 12th nationally among business schools at public universities and 32nd among all universities. • JMU is among schools “that prove activism and community service are alive and well on campus,” says Mother Jones Magazine. • JMU’s exemplary programs for first-year students are “cornerstones of the University’s strong commitment to student learning and success,” says The Temple Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development. • JMU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 75 “Best Value” public universities in the 2012 Princeton Review “Best Value Colleges.” The list recognizes schools that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable price.”

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harrisonburg, Va. Harrisonburg, Va. A Great College Town

Harrisonburg is convenient to the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C., and Richmond while providing JMU students the comforts of the picturesque setting of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The city offers something for everyone. From downtown shopping and restaurants, to nearby national parks and forests, it provides JMU students the opportunity to sample many aspects of life. Harrisonburg offers a learning environment that is very unique in today’s high-tech, educational world.

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plecker center Robert & Frances Plecker Athletic Performance Center • Named in honor of Robert & Frances Plecker • A $10 million state-of-the-art athletic support facility • 7,000-square foot strength and conditioning center with flat-screen televisions for individual instruction • 5,000-square foot sports medicine facility • Computer lab with more then 30 work stations • Tutoring and small group meeting facilities • JMU’s athletic hall of fame • Student-athlete lounge

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academic advising • Located in the Plecker Athletic Performance Center • Computer lab with more than 30 work stations • Tutoring and small group meeting facilities • Student-athlete lounge

Jen Burkhart Team Academic Advisor

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strength & conditioning • Developing athleticism and sports performance • Seven training facilities encompassing more than 17,000 square feet • Staff includes five full time professionals with certifications as strength and conditioning specialists

Greg Werner Head Coach/Director of JMU Strength & Conditioning Austin Peay ‘91

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sports medicinE • Multi-skilled professionals use current research, educational knowledge, and state-of-the-art equipment and technology to provide a comprehensive and progressive approach to assure the holistic well-being of student-athletes • Staff includes 20 board-certified and licensed athletic trainers • Team physicians include Dr. Kent Diduch (board-certified in family practice physician) and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Miller, a nationally renowned fellowship-trained orthopedist from the University of Virginia • Local chiropractors, physical therapists, sport psychologists, nutritionists, and orthotists are available to assist in the health care needs of student-athletes

Jessalyn Stone Team Athletic Trainer

Nell Morgan Team Athletic Trainer

Tom Kuster, ATC Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine James Madison ‘95

Dr. Kent Diduch Team Physician

Dr. Mark Miller Team Orthopedic Surgeon

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information

Home Field: New Market Battlefield, New Market, Va. Mostly grass-some small gravel; long stretches, very open Office Location: Bridgeforth Stadium B108, 109, 110 Fax: (540) 568-3901 E-mail: w-cross country@jmu.edu Mailing Address: Cross Country James Madison University 261 Bluestone Drive MSC 2301 Harrisonburg, VA 22807 Head Coach Dave Rinker, (540) 568-3354 rinkerld@jmu.edu Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Bill Walton, (540) 568-3935 waltonwd@jmu.edu Administrative Assistant Michelle Carter, (540) 568-6692 Athletics Communications Devon Howard, (540) 568-3701 howardbd@jmu.edu

2012 Schedule Sept. 1 Sept. 15 Sept. 29 Sept. 29 Oct. 13 Oct. 13 Oct. 27 Nov. 9 Nov. 17 Nov. 17

VMI Invitational JMU Open Invitational Roy Griak Invitational George Mason Invitational Chili Pepper Invitational William & Mary Open CAA Championship NCAA Southeast Regional ECAC Championship NCAA Championships

Lexington, Va. New Market, Va. Minneapolis, Minn. Oatlands, Va. Fayetteville, Ark. Williamsburg, Va. Williamsburg, Va. Charlotte, N.C. New York, N.Y. Louisville, Ky.

Directions & Maps A map of the JMU campus (including a PDF printable map) is available at www.jmu.edu/ map. For directions visit JMUSports.com and click on Facilities.

Credits: Template Design: Grant Hawkins Design, McKinney, Texas Design: Teresa Craig Photography: Cathy Kushner, Diane Elliott, David Lonnquest, Tommy Thompson, and others

Who’s Who in JMU Athletics

Jeff Bourne Athletics Director

Geoff Polglase Deputy Athletics Director

Casey Carter Associate AD, Student Athlete Services

Brian Frerking Associate AD, Development

Jen Phillips

Kevin White

Associate AD, Compliance & Senior Woman Administrator

Associate AD, Sports Programs

Mike Carpenter Assistant AD, Ticketing & Customer Relations

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Tom Kuster

John Martin

Ty Phillips

Assistant AD, Sports Medicine

Assistant AD, Athletics Communications

Assistant AD, Facilities & Events



JMU Cross Country Guide