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William & Mary's Elaina Balouris

W&M's Balouris Named Women's XC Athlete of Year

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 12/12/2013
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RICHMOND, Va. (December 12, 2013) – William & Mary senior Elaina Balouris was chosen as the Colonial Athletic Association women’s cross country Athlete of the Year for the second straight season in voting by the league’s head coaches.

Also earning top honors from the conference were Northeastern freshman Lucy Young as CAA women’s cross country Rookie of the Year and William & Mary’s Jill Miller as CAA women’s cross country Coach of the Year.

Balouris turned in another spectacular season to become the first female to repeat as CAA Athlete of the Year since 2005. The senior earned All-America honors for the second year in a row after finishing 11th overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championship with a time of 20:22.7 over the 6K course. Balouris finished sixth at the NCAA Southeast Regional with a time of 20:12.5 and became just the second runner in Tribe history to earn All-Region honors four times.

Balouris was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the CAA Championship after capturing her second consecutive individual title with a time of 21:17.11. She also posted victories in the Spider Alumni Open and the Panorama Farms Invitational and finished 12th at the Pre-National Invitational. Balouris was honored as the National Runner of the Week after winning her first race of the year.

Young received All-CAA honors after posting a sixth-place finish at the CAA Championship. Her time of 22:06.27 not only led Northeastern, but was the best of any freshman in the event. She followed with a 29th-place finish in a time of 21:07 at the NCAA Northeast Regional, which was the third-best of any freshman at the meet.  Young also placed eighth at the Br. Doyle Iona Meet of Champions, took 16th at the New England Championships and finished 36th at the Battle in Beantown.  Young was NU’s top performer in five races this season.

Miller was selected as the Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season after guiding William & Mary to one of the best seasons in school history. The Tribe turned in a record-setting performance at the CAA Championship as they posted a perfect team score of 15 by having the top five finishers and seven of the top 10. W&M went on to post a program-best second-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional to earn a berth in back-to-back NCAA Championships for the first time ever. The Tribe placed 12th at the NCAA Championship, which was the second-best finish in school history.

The conference also announced its 2013 All-CAA team, which is made up of the top 12 finishers at the conference championship, and the CAA All-Academic team.

 

2013 ALL-CAA WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

Erica Amatori, William & Mary                                    So.          Cary, N.C.

Elaina Balouris, William & Mary                                  Sr.           Allison Park, Pa.

Michelle Britto, William & Mary                                 Sr.           Woodbridge, Va.

Emily Gispert, Delaware                                            Sr.           Hockessin, Del.

Dylan Hassett, William & Mary                                   Jr.           Alpharetta, Ga.

Carolyn Hennessey, William & Mary                        So.          Herndon, Va.

Meghan Malloy, James Madison                             Fr.           Haddonfield, N.J.

Meghan McGovern, William & Mary                       So.          North Wales, Pa.

Tessa Mundell, James Madison                                 Fr.           Mohnton, Pa.

Emily Stites, William & Mary                                        So.          Wyoming, Ohio

Elizabeth Tauber, Towson                                            Jr.           Bel Air, Md.

Lucy Young, Northeastern                                           Fr.           Brisbane, Australia

 

2013 CAA WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Jenna Flickinger, James Madison                              So.          Hummelstown, Pa.

Kornelia Kostka, College of Charleston                   So.          Kielce, Poland

Kristin Mathis, Hofstra                                                   Sr.           Williamstown, N.J.

Meghan McGovern, William & Mary                       So.          North Wales, Pa.

Lindsay Prettyman, Delaware                                     Sr.           Bear, Del.

Ashley Simmons, Towson                                            Jr.           Fishing Creek, Md.

Ashley Wybersky, UNCW                                             Jr.           Manassas, Va.

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