Sunday, November 24, 2013

NCAA Pictures

Here are twenty-seven pictures taken by Tim O'Dowd who graduated in 1979.  It sure beats the way Randy Hawthorne used to tape photos to the blackboard in the locker room a few days after the event (yes that is one more thing he has done for the team!). 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Balouris 11th, Team 12th at NCAA Meet

Senior Elaina Balouris finished 11th at the NCAA meet followed by Emily Stites in 46th, Meghan McGovern in 113th,  Michelle Britto in 122nd, Corolyn Hennesseey in 141st, Dylan Hassett in 167th and Erica Arnatori in 226th.   As a team the women performed better than all but the 1998 women's team with a 12th place finish.  The finish was six places higher than their ranking coming into the meet.

Thanks to Tim O'Dowd for the picture taken today of Balouris above.  More

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Watch NCAA XC Meet Live on Sat

I am still getting used to the idea that the NCAA XC meet will not be on a Monday, but in fact on this Saturday.  Go here to watch it live at noon.  The men's race is at 11:55 am and the women's is at 1:10 pm (EST).

We tried tonight to do an interview and had some technical problems so I am hoping to do it again on Friday so you can see the excitement of the women's team before they race on Saturday.   

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Women Reach 18th in Coaches' Poll

Jill Miller (and Steve Walsh, who is head of the track/XC programs) has led the women's team to two straight NCAA appearances in her three years at W&M - an impressive record to say the least.  Now the latest coaches' poll has the women ranked 18th in the US.  But with two very high scorers in Stites and Balouris, it seems likely that they will finish higher at the NCAA meet.  Look for an interview later this week with Miller and her two low scorers.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Men 6th at Southeast Region

The men's team finished 6th in the Southeast regional meet led by Josh Mercado in 29:57.  More

Women Make the NCAA Meet

Led by winner Emily Stites and six placer Elaina Boularis the women's team finished second in their regional meet earning a second straight trip to the NCAA meet.  Stites, by the way, is the first W&M woman ever to win a regional meet and she is only a sophomore.  More

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Men & Women Win CAA Champs

The women's team went 1-5 to win the CAA championship in a perfect 15 point score.  Tribe senior All-American Elaina Balouris (Allison Park, Pa.) repeated as the individual champion, finishing in 21:17.11 just a stride ahead of sophomore All-American Emily Stites (Wyoming, Ohio) in 21:17.30.  Balouris is the first woman to win back-to-back conference titles since the Tribe's Emily Anderson '10 in 2008 and 2009.  SeniorMichelle Britto (Woodbridge, Va.) took the bronze medal in 21:36.73, and sophomore Meghan McGovern (North Wales, Pa.) was fourth in 21:44.61.  Junior Dylan Hassett (Alpharetta, Ga.) completed the sweep in fifth place, crossing the finish in 21:52.23.  More

The men's team won in the low score of 25 points stretching their streak to 14 straight years of winning the CAA.  Leading the way for the Tribe once again was Rad Gunzenhauser (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who finished second overall in 24:46.56.  Freshman Trevor Sleight (Asheville, N.C.) was the bronze medalist in 25:05.17, the best finish for a true freshman since All-American Christo Landry '08 was second in 2004.  Sophomore Ryan Gousse (Apopka, Fla.) was fifth in 25:16.66. More