W&M's Balouris Named Female T&F Athlete of the Year
RICHMOND, Va. (June 24, 2013) – William & Mary junior Elaina Balouris (Allison Park, Pa.) was chosen as the 2013 CAA Female Athlete of the Year in track and field by a vote of the league’s head coaches. Also receiving top track and field honors were William & Mary freshman Emily Stites (Wyoming, Ohio), who was selected as the CAA Rookie of the Year, and William & Mary’s Stephen Walsh, who was voted CAA Coach of the Year.
Balouris earned second-team All-America accolades after placing 10th in the 10,000 meters at the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Championship with a time of 34:13.53. The junior set a school record in the 10,000m at the NCAA East Region Championship, crossing the line in 33:43.26. She also set a school record in the 5,000 meters earlier this season with a time of 16:03.43 at the Colonial Relays. At the 2013 CAA Championship, she placed second in both the 1,500 meters (4:29.25) and the 5,000 meters (16:34.11). Last fall, Balouris was honored as the CAA women’s cross country Athlete of the Year after capturing the individual title at the conference championship and finishing 13th at the NCAA Championship to garner All-America honors.
Stites received second-team All-America honors after finishing 10th in the 5,000 meters at the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Championship with a time of 16:08.89. She posted a school-record time of 15:43.31 in the 5,000 meters at the Mt. Sac Relays, which was the fifth-fastest time ever in the event by a U.S. Junior woman. The freshman captured the 10,000 meters at the 2013 CAA Championship after setting a meet record with a time of 34:15.49. Last week, Stites won the 5,000 meter competition at the U.S. Junior Championship by more than 47 seconds with a time of 16:13.77. Last fall, Stites was selected as the CAA women’s cross country Rookie of the Year after finishing third at the conference championship and placing 26th at the NCAA Championship to earn All-America honors.
Walsh was selected as the CAA Coach of the Year in women’s track and field for the first time after guiding William & Mary to its first conference title since 2010. The Tribe scored 154.5 points to win the championship by 13 points and captured five individual event titles.
In addition to the 2013 major award winners in women’s track and field, the following individuals and relay teams received All-CAA honors based on their performances at the CAA Championship.
2013 CAA Women’s Track and Field All-Conference Honorees:
100m: Maleena Reid (UNCW), Hailey Blackburn (UNCW), Aneesha Scott (Mason)
200m: Victoria Caruso (Delaware), Maleena Reid (UNCW), Aneesha Scott (Mason)
400m: Cierra McGee (Mason), Daianna Barron (Mason), Victoria Caruso (Delaware)
800m: Jocelyn Hubbard (NU), Lindsay Prettyman (Delaware), Annie Reiner (JMU)
1,500m: Katie Harman (JMU), Elaina Balouris (W&M), Eryn Wheeler (NU)
5,000m: Meghan McGovern (W&M), Elaina Balouris (W&M), Carolyn Hennessey (W&M)
10,000m: Emily Stites (W&M), Jenna Flickinger (JMU), Katie Gorman (JMU)
100m hurdles: Latoya James (Delaware), Shavon Briscoe (Mason), Krista Mangum (UNCW)
400m hurdles: Taylor Wheaton (Mason), Shavon Briscoe (Mason), Chelsea Hudson (NU)
3,000m Steeplechase: Erin Lopresti (JMU), Rachel Quinn (UNCW), Emma Tobin (Towson)
4x100m relay: George Mason (Aneesha Scott, Cierra McGee, Katea Jemmott, Shavon Briscoe)
Delaware (Victoria Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Latoya James, Toresha Foster)
UNCW (Krista Mangum, Maleena Reid, Maya Baxter, Hailey Blackburn)
4x400m relay: Delaware (Victoria Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Chelsi Campbell, Toresha Foster)
Towson (Evan Campbell, Kaitlyn Davis, Emily Wenger, Leslie Miles)
William & Mary (Shelby Feliciano, Claire Tito, Jessica Ewing, Sarah Katz)
High Jump: Evan Campbell (Towson), Dominique Graham (Mason), Emily Kimble (UNCW)
Pole Vault: Jasmine Moser (Mason), Elizabeth Crafford (W&M), Jillena Decarteret (NU)
Long Jump: Nia Howard (NU), Amira Idris (Delaware), Marissa McDonald (JMU)
Triple Jump: Amira Idris (Delaware), Georgia Pingue (NU), Paige Morris (Delaware)
Shot Put: Rochelle Evans (W&M), Adrienne Alexander (JMU), Clarissa Perkins (UNCW)
Discus: Clarissa Perkins (UNCW), Natalie Baird (W&M), Alana Pantale (Delaware)
Hammer: Natalie Baird (W&M), Adrena May (JMU), Dn Cherry (UNCW)
Javelin: Katie Johnston (W&M), Nicole Genard (NU), Kristen Greene (JMU)
Heptathlon: Nicole Genard (NU), Jennifer Monk (JMU), Jessica Cooke (Towson)