EUGENE, Ore. - Freshman Emily Stites became the first true freshman in any Division I sport at William and Mary to earn All-America honors on two occasions in a season, earning her second distinction in the 5,000m at the 2013 NCAA Women’s Track and Field Championships on Friday night. She finished 10th in a time of 16:08.89 to earn Second-Team All-America honors from the USTFCCCA, while Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino won the national title in a time of 15:43.68.
In position to earn first-team honors and team points at seventh with just 1,000m to go, Stites was tripped up from behind and fell dropping to 11th place. She bounced back to claim 10th in the race, good for Second-Team All-America honors. Despite the fall, Stites ran the sixth fastest time in school history and second fastest this season behind only her 15:45.31 in April at the Mt. SAC Relays. The top eight perfromers in each event at the NCAA Championships earn team points and garner First-Team All-America accolades.
Stites was one of just two freshmen competing in the 5,000m at the NCAA Championships and was the top rookie finisher. Along with her All-America honors on the track Friday night, Stites was an All-American in cross country, finishing 26th at 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships. She also won the USAT&F Cross Country Junior Championship in February, before captaining the U.S. squad at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and finishing 23rd at the event.
Coupled with junior Elaina Balouris earning Second-Team All-America honors with a 10th-place performance in the 10,000m on Wednesday night, the Tribe produced two women’s track and field All-Americans for the third time overall and the first since 1994.