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Emily Stites Earns CAA Runner of the Week Honors
Updated: Wednesday 04/22/2014 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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William and Mary sophomore Emily Stites (Wyoming, Ohio) was named the Colonial Athletic Association Track Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, after running the fastest American 10,000m of the year.  This is the first weekly award of the season for Stites, and the fourth of her career.

Running in the top section of the 10,000m at the Mt. SAC Relays, Stites led for all but 200 of the last 6000m, pulling the field along to a personal-record for 24 of the 29 finishers.  Her runner-up showing was by just over a second, and she crossed the finish line in 32:41.55, breaking the school record by over a minute and her own personal-best by more than 90 seconds.  Stites' time is currently the fastest run in 2014 by an American women, and ranks her third in the NCAA and 24th in the world so far this spring.  She also qualified for the ECAC Championships in the event, and for the U.S. Senior National Championships this June.

Select athletes are competing this week at the Penn Relays, before Stites and the rest of the full squad heads to Harrisonburg for the CAA Championships May 2-3.

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