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Tribe Women, Gallagher, Prettyman Head To NCAA Championships

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 11/22/2013
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RICHMOND, Va. (November 22, 2013) - The 2013 CAA women's cross country champion William & Mary Tribe, as well as Delaware's Lindsay Prettyman and Northeastern men's runner Wesley Gallagher are headed to this weekend's NCAA Division I Championships at Indiana State’s Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

The men's race will begin at 12 p.m., followed by the women's race at 1:15 p.m.

William & Mary saved its best race as a team for last, setting a program-record with a second-place finish at the Southeast Region Championships last Friday. The Tribe scored 69 points, best-ever for W&M, and finished just 12 points behind No. 11 Virginia. William & Mary heads to the NCAA Championships in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.

Last week, Tribe sophomore Emily Stites lead the way for W&M, and for the entire region, winning the 6K race by more than 10 seconds, in 19:57.5. It was the first-ever regional win for a Tribe women's runner, and the first win of the season for Stites. She also finished well under the previous course record of 20:13.43, set by NCAA champion and Olympian Sheila Reid of Villanova back in 2009. Finishing second for the Tribe was fellow All-American, senior Elaina Balouris who finished sixth overall in 20:12.5, also under the previous record.  With her all-region honor (given to the top-25 finishers), Balouris ties former great and coach Kathy Newberry '00 for the most in school history with four, and alongside Stites becomes just the second pair of teammates to earn all-region accolades two years in a row (Newberry and Hall of Famer Emily Furia '01).

Prettyman, who has been the Blue Hens’ top runner the last three years but was unable to finish the race at the CAA Championships two weeks ago, turned in a 20th place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals last Friday to lead the Blue Hens to their best team finish (8th) since the 2009 season. Prettyman covered the 6K course in a time of 20:48. 

With her finish, Prettyman became only the fourth women’s runner in UD history to qualify for the NCAA Championships and the first since Kim Mitchell competed at the 1984 meet. 

“I am really excited to represent UD at the cross country nationals, especially since it's the first time a UD runner has qualified in 29 years,” said Prettyman, who has led the Blue Hens in 17 of her last 18 meets since the 2011 season. “It really shows how much our team is improving as a whole because I couldn't have come this far without my teammates working hard all season long by my side. I'm excited to go out to Indiana and see what I can do.”

Gallagher, who has led the Huskies in every race this season, is just the second member of the NU cross country program to compete at Nationals since Erik Nedeau in 1993.

The Pembroke, Mass., native finished last week's10K Northeast Regional race 24th overall with a mark of 30:46.5. On Nov. 2, Gallagher earned the individual title at the 2013 CAA Championship (24:42.02) and captured All-Conference honors and the Most Outstanding Performer Award for his performance. The Northeastern men's squad took second as a team at the CAA Championship, notching the highest team finish since joining the conference in 2005.

"Wes has worked very hard from the moment he stepped on campus last year as a freshman," said coach Cathrine Erickson. "We anticipate that he is going to have a very successful career at Northeastern due to his commitment to the team's success and his incredible work ethic."

At the New England Championships, Gallagher placed third to lead a quartet of Huskies to top-10 individual finishes for a second-place team finish. For his individual performance in that race, Gallagher took home weekly CAA honors.

Live updates for both races can be found on NCAA.com and on the live results page.

 

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