Emily Furia, a multiple-time All-America track and field athlete was inducted into the William and Mary Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 on Saturday, April 13.
By clicking the video above you can enjoy both the introduction and her acceptance speech from the special evening.Furia was a two-time All-American in the 1,500m run, and was named to the Colonial Athletic Association's 25th Anniversary teams in both cross country and track and field. In addition to her individual national success, she helped the Tribe make the 1998 NCAA Cross Country Championships where it finished a program-best 10th in the country.
Academically, she was named the coaches' association All-Academic teams in track in both 2000 and 2001.
In cross country, she is one of just three William and Mary athletes to be named all-region three times (1998, 1999, 2000). Furia was also named the CAA Athlete of the Year in 2000, after winning the individual conference title. In 1997, she was the first Tribe runner to be named Rookie of the Year. Furia was also a four-time member of the all-conference team.
On the track, in addition to her two All-American performances, Furia also won the ECAC Championships indoors in the mile (1999) and again outdoors at 1,500m (2000). As a senior in 2001, she was named the CAA Track Athlete of the Year, and was also the MVP of the championship meet after winning both the 800m and 1,500m run. Her 1,500m title was the second in a row for Furia.
Statistically, Furia still holds the W&M school record indoors in the 4x800m relay, and outdoors in the mile run, the 4x1500m relay, and the distance medley relay. At the time of her graduation, she was the record-holder indoors in the mile, and still ranks second with six of the top-10 all-time performances. Outdoors, she graduated as the record-holder at 1,500m and third at 800m, and still ranks second and fourth, respectively. In the 1,500m, she graduated with the five best performances all-time, and all five are still in the Tribe's top-12 runs ever.
W&M Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Al Albert (Men's Soccer)
Emily Furia (Women's Cross Country/Track & Field)
Jeff Hough (Men's Cross Country/Track & Field)
Jeanne Foster Kuyper (Women's Gymnastics)
Johanna Sones (Women's Tennis)