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William & Mary's Emily Stites

Verburg, Stites Earn T&F All-America Accolades

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 06/08/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. – George Mason senior David Verburg and William & Mary freshman Emily Stites each earned All-America honors on Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Verburg finished fourth in the finals of the 400m dash. Setting a personal record, Verburg crossed the line neck-and-neck with Florida’s Arman Hall, finishing in 45.03, just 0.01 seconds behind Hall. The time was the second-fastest in the event all-time at Mason.

Verburg concludes an outstanding career at Mason as a four-time CAA champion in the 400m in addition to several IC4A championships and All-America accolades. He was named the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2010, and last season was tabbed the CAA Male Track Athlete of the Meet (Championships), CAA Male Athlete of the Year, USTFCCCA Southeast Region Male Athlete of the Year in addition to participating in the Olympic trials.

Stites became the first true freshman in any Division I sport at William and Mary to earn All-America honors on two occasions in a season, earning her second distinction in the 5,000m. She finished 10th in a time of 16:08.89 to earn Second-Team All-America honors from the USTFCCCA.

In position to earn first-team honors and team points at seventh with just 1,000m to go, Stites was tripped up from behind and fell dropping to 11th place. She bounced back to claim 10th in the race, good for Second-Team All-America honors. Despite the fall, Stites ran the sixth fastest time in school history and second fastest this season behind only her 15:45.31 in April at the Mt. SAC Relays. The top eight perfromers in each event at the NCAA Championships earn team points and garner First-Team All-America accolades.

Stites was one of just two freshmen competing in the 5,000m at the NCAA Championships and was the top rookie finisher. Along with her All-America honors on the track Friday night, Stites was an All-American in cross country, finishing 26th at 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships. She also won the USAT&F Cross Country Junior Championship in February, before captaining the U.S. squad at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and finishing 23rd at the event.

Coupled with junior Elaina Balouris earning Second-Team All-America honors with a 10th-place performance in the 10,000m on Wednesday night, the Tribe produced two women’s track and field All-Americans for the third time overall and the first since 1994.

In Thursday's action, the George Mason women's 4X400m relay team finished 12th overall in the semifinals, while the men's 4X400 relay team placed 24th.

Northeastern's Eric Jenkins races on Saturday in the 5,000 meters.