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William & Mary's Alex McGrath

Tribe’s Balouris, McGrath Named Cross Country Runners of the Week

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 09/18/2012
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RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 18, 2012) - William & Mary's Elaina Balouris and Alex McGrath have been named the CAA Cross Country Runners of the week following individual championships at the William & Mary Invitational.

Balouris earned the women's honor after posting a time of 17:39 to win the collegiate 5K last Saturday at the W&M Invitational. She led four teammates in the top seven as the Tribe claimed the victory and remained undefeated through two races. The win was Balouris' first in cross country, after four track victories in her first two years.

McGrath received the men's award after capturing the individual title at the W&M Invitational with time of 25:17 in the 8K event. It was his first cross country win, after seven track victories. His victory led the Tribe to the team title as well.

There were several other outstanding individual cross country performances last week. James Madison's Katie Gorman won the JMU Open Invitational individual title and helped lead the Dukes to a team championship. The three-time All-CAA cross country selection finished with a time of 18:56.50 in the 5.2K event and led six JMU runners who also claimed top 10 finishes. It was the first career cross country meet victory for Gorman.  

Delaware junior Lindsay Prettyman captured the individual Division I meet title while leading Delaware to the team title at UD's own Delaware Invitational Saturday at White Clay Creek State Park. Prettyman covered 6K course in 22:51.88 - the second fastest time ever by a UD runner on the course. It was her second individual meet title of the season and Delaware won its second team title of the season.

Hofstra's Becky Celorio captured the 5K NJIT Classic in just her second collegiate race. Her time of 18:49 was the 16th-best 5K time in Hofstra history. Celorio had a 50-second advantage over the second place runner, and helped the Pride to a dual victory over St. Peters.

William & Mary represented the CAA in the week two USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Southeast Rankings with the men ranked seventh and the women ranked sixth. George Mason's men were also ninth in the Southeast Rankings while Delaware's women were 11th in the Mid-Atlantic rankings.