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.