RICHMOND, Va. (February 4, 2010) - The Colonial Athletic Association has announced its women's track and field Silver Anniversary team, which includes 16 All-America honorees, eight CAA Athletes of the Year and three athletes who competed in the Olympic Games.
As part of its 25th Anniversary celebration in 2009-10, the CAA is recognizing Silver Anniversary teams in 21 championship sports. The teams are selected by a panel of current and former coaches in the conference.
Women's track and field has been a championship sport in the CAA since 1990. George Mason dominated the conference at the outset, winning the first nine CAA titles (1990-98). William and Mary took over from there, capturing nine of the last 11 CAA championships, including six straight from 2001-06. East Carolina won its only CAA title in 2000 and Northeastern was the CAA champion in 2007.
Numerous individuals have excelled on the national and international level. George Mason's Diane Guthrie-Gresham won three national championships in the long jump and two in the heptathlon, and was a Honda Award winner in 1995. The Patriots' Kim Saddic was the NCAA champion in the 10,000 meters in 1992. James Madison's Tiombe' Hurd, a five-time All-American, is the current U.S. record-holder in the triple jump (47-5).
CAA WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD SILVER ANNIVERSARY TEAM
Emily Anderson William and Mary 2006-present Golf, Ill.
Three-time NCAA All-American, twice in the 5,000 meters and once in the 1,500 meters
Selected as the CAA women’s track and field Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2009
Set the CAA record in the 5,000 meters (16:40.99) in 2009
|Keisha Banks James Madison 1998-2001 Midlothian, Va.
Set JMU records in the 800m, 1000m, 4X800m relay and sprint and distance medley relays
Nine-time All-East honoree and NCAA qualifier in all four seasons
1998 CAA Rookie of the Year and 2000 CAA champion in the 800 meters
|Samantha Bates James Madison 1994-98 Havertown, Pa.
Two-time NCAA All-American and five-time All-East honoree
Two-time CAA champion in the 1,500m and 800m champion in 1997
Set seven JMU records, including the 1,500m outdoors and the indoor mile
|Janice Brown William and Mary 1989-93 Mohnton, Pa.
Three-time NCAA All-American in the 5,000 meters
CAA record-holder (9:34.75) and three-time CAA champion in the 3,000m
Two-time ECAC champion in the 3,000m and five-time All-East honoree
|Tanika Brown VCU 2003-06 Powhatan, Va.
CAA champion in the high jump in 2003, 2005 and 2006
Qualified for NCAA Championship in the high jump during all four seasons
Holds VCU indoor and outdoor high jump records and is the first Ram to clear 6 feet
|Maria-Elena Calle VCU 1997-2001 Cuenca, Ecuador
Seven-time NCAA Championship participant and three-time All-American
Holds eight VCU records, including the 3,000m and 5,000m indoors and outdoors
Finished third in the 3,000 meters at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championship
|Michelle Clayton East Carolina 1995-99 Kernersville, N.C
CAA champion in the discus, shot put and hammer throw in 1999
All-American in the hammer throw in 1999 and eight-time All-East performer
Set the CAA record in the hammer throw (187-06) in 1999
|Mollie DeFrancesco James Madison 2000-03 East Greenbush, N.Y.
Honored as the CAA and Southeast Region Athlete of the Year in 2002
Two-time NCAA All-American and CAA record-holder in the 3,000m steeplechase (10:07.77)
Finished 4th in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2002 and 2003 U.S. Track & Field Championship
|Bethany Eigel James Madison 1997-2000 Christiansburg, Va.
Four-time NCAA All-American in the 3,000m, 5,000m and distance medley relay
CAA champion in the 3,000m in 1997 and four-time All-East honoree
Set JMU records in the 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and distance medley relay
|Emily Furia William and Mary 1997-2001 Broomall, Pa.
Earned NCAA All-America honors in 1,500 meters in 2000 and 2001
Two-time CAA champion in the 1,500m (2000-01) and 800m champion in 2001
CAA Athlete of the Year and Performer of the Meet in 2001
|Diane Guthrie-Gresham George Mason 1991-95 Santa Cruz, Jamaica
Won three national championships in the long jump and two in the heptathlon
Eight-time Outdoor All-American who received the Honda Award in 1995
Three-time CAA Athlete of the Year who placed 7th in the 400m at the 1996 Olympics
|Ali Henderson William and Mary 2000-03 Parkville, Mo.
NCAA All-American in the 3,000 meters and two-time Academic All-American
Chosen CAA Athlete of the Year in 2003 after winning the 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m
Seven-time All-East performer who holds W&M records in the 3,000m and 10,000m
|Marcie Homan William and Mary 1991-94 Springfield, Pa.
Three-time NCAA All-American in the 5,000 meters
Won the CAA championship in the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters in 1994
Four-time All-East performer, including winning the 3,000m indoors in 1994
|Tiombe’ Hurd James Madison 1992-95 Alexandria, Va.
U.S. record-holder in the triple jump (47-5) who competed in the 2004 Olympics
Six-time U.S. champion and five-time NCAA All-American in the triple jump
Won four straight CAA triple jump titles and set a conference record in 1992
|Nicole Kazuba William and Mary 2006-present Chantilly, Va.
Three-time CAA champion (2007-09) and CAA record-holder (13-1.5) in the pole vault
Two-time All-Region performer and NCAA Championship participant in 2008 and 2009
Has the top eight outdoor vaults in W&M history and owns indoor and outdoor record
|Bonnie Meekins William and Mary 2002-07 Herndon, Va.
CAA record-holder in the heptathlon with 5,192 points in 2007
Two-time CAA heptathlon champion and was CAA runner-up two times
Won the ECAC heptathlon and qualified for the 2007 NCAA Championship
|Zara Northover Northeastern 2002-07 Elmont, N.Y.
Two-time CAA shot put champion who set the conference record (53-2.25) in 2007
Three-time NCAA Championship participant and three-time ECAC champion in the shot
NU’s first women’s track & field athlete to compete in the Olympic Games in 2008
|Lisa Rayner William and Mary 1991-96 Plantation, Fla.
Earned All-America honors in the high jump in 1994
CAA champion in the high jump and Athlete of the Meet in 1994
Five-time All-East performer in the high jump
|Anna Raynor UNC Wilmington 2004-07 Benson, N.C.
Three-time NCAA All-American in the javelin and three-time CAA Athlete of the Year (2005-07)
Won three straight CAA javelin titles and set the conference record (170-1) in 2006
Placed third in the javelin at the 2007 U.S. Track & Field Championship
|Danita Roseboro East Carolina 1990-93 Winston-Salem, N.C.
Four-time CAA champion, including twice in the 200 meters and once in the 100 meters
Set the CAA record in the 200 meters in 1993 (23.80), which stood for 14 years
Holds ECU records in the 100 and 200 meters outdoors and the 55 meters indoors
|Kim Saddic George Mason 1989-92 West Chester, Pa.
NCAA national champion in the 10,000m in 1992 (34:39.92)
Two-time NCAA All-American and 17-time All-East performer
Set George Mason records in the 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m
|Shannon Saunders James Madison 2003-06 Forest, Va.
Two-time CAA champion in the 5,000m (2004-05) and 2006 champion in the 10,000m
Two-time NCAA Championship participant in the 10,000m and two-time ECAC champion
Set the JMU record in the 10,000 meters in 2005 with a time of 33:54.56
|Christie Schreckengost UNC Wilmington 2002-05 Tyrone, Pa.
Three-time CAA champion in the javelin (2002-04)
ECAC champion and NCAA All-East Region performer in the javelin in 2004
Received Academic All-America accolades two times
|Tramaine Shaw Northeastern 2004-08 Piscataway, N.J.
Holds the CAA records in the 100m hurdles (13.71) and 400m hurdles (59.88)
Won back-to-back CAA championships in the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and long jump
Owns six Northeastern school records, including the 100m hurdles and pentathlon
|Juli Speights James Madison 1990-93 Annandale, Va.
CAA Athlete of the Year in 1991 and NCAA All-American in the 1,500m in 1992
Won back-to-back CAA championships in the 800m (1990-91) and 1,500m (1991-92)
Placed second in the 1,500 meters at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials