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).

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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