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James Madison's Katie Harman

JMU'S Harman Selected As CAA Women's Cross Country Athlete Of The Year

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          Release: 12/08/2011
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RICHMOND, Va. (December 8, 2011) - James Madison junior Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md.), who earned all-region and all-conference honors in 2011, was chosen as the CAA women's cross country Athlete of the Year in voting by the league's head coaches.

William and Mary freshman Jess Cygan (Bethlehem, Pa.) and Georgia State freshman Hannah Stefanoff (Grandview Heights, Ohio) were selected as the CAA women's cross country Co-Rookies of the Year and JMU head coach Dave Rinker was named CAA Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Harman was recognized as the Most Outstanding Performer at the CAA Women's Cross Country Championship after claiming the individual title with a time of 21:18 on the 6K course. She won the race by 25 seconds and broke the previous course record by 65 seconds as the Dukes took home the team championship. Harman earned USTFCCCA All-Southeast Region honors after finishing 18th at the NCAA Southeast Regional with a time of 20:51. She also was the individual winner at the ECAC Championship Division Race with a time of 17:29 in the 5K event. Harman is the fourth different JMU runner to receive Athlete of the Year honors over the past seven seasons.

Cygan earned all-conference honors after finishing fourth at the CAA Cross Country Championship with a time of 22:21 over the 6K course. She was the top-placing freshman in the event and helped W&M garner a second-place team finish. Cygan was 111th overall at the NCAA Southeast Regional with a 6K time of 22:31 and finished 117th overall in a field of more than 350 runners at the Paul Short Invitational. She also had a second-place finish this season at the William and Mary Invitational.

Stefanoff also received all-conference honors after placing ninth at the CAA Cross Country Championship with a time of 22:50 in the 6K event.  She led the Panthers to a third-place team finish. Stefanoff won three individual titles this season, placing first at the Georgia State Invitational, the Troy University "Coach O" Invitational and the Augusta State Jaguar Invitational, where she set the course record. Stefanoff, who was GSU's top finisher in every event this season, finished 48th out of 191 runners at the NCAA South Regional with a time of 22:00.8 on the 6K course.

Rinker was selected as the CAA women's cross country Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season and the seventh time in his career after guiding JMU to back-to-back conference titles. The Dukes also placed eighth at the NCAA Southeast Regional and finished fourth at the ECAC Championship.

The conference also recognized its 2011 All-CAA women's cross country team, which is made up of the top 12 finishers from the CAA Championship.

2011 ALL-CAA WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

Name, School, Class, Hometown

Elaina Balouris, William and Mary, So., Allison Park, Pa.

Michelle Britto, William and Mary, So., Woodbridge, Va.

Jess Cygan, William and Mary, Fr., Bethlehem, Pa.

Kaylin Gilmartin-Donohue, Towson, Sr., White Plains, N.Y.

Katie Gorman, James Madison, Jr., Lafayette Hill, Pa.

Katie Harman, James Madison, Jr., Clarksville, Md.

Kristen Landry, James Madison, Fr., Boonton Township, N.J.

Stacey Nobles, James Madison, Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.

Katie Ogden, Towson, Gr., Owings, Md.

Katharine Showalter, Georgia State, Jr., Atlanta, Ga.

Hannah Stefanoff, Georgia State, Fr., Grandview Heights, Ohio

Jessica Zozos, James Madison, Sr., Glenshaw, Pa.

2011 CAA Athlete of the Year:  Katie Harman, James Madison

2011 CAA Co-Rookies of the Year: Jess Cygan, William and Mary and Hannah Stefanoff, Georgia State

2011 CAA Coach of the Year: Dave Rinker, James Madison

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