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Emily Stites Named CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Updated: Wednesday 12/18/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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William and Mary sophomore Emily Stites (Wyoming, Ohio) was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's cross country on Wednesday, the second major post-season accolade for the two-time All-American this fall.  The Scholar-Athlete of the Year program is beginning its 12th year, and is voted on by the league's sports information offices in each of the 21 championship sports.

Stites was the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Athlete of the Year and Southeast Region champion this fall, becoming the first woman in school history to achieve either feat as she helped the Tribe regain a spot a in the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year.  Her first-place showing at the region qualifier led W&M to program-records for best-place (second overall) and fewest points (69), and a week later, she finished 46th in the nation at the NCAA Championships to help the Tribe take 12th overall.  Stites was also the runner-up at the CAA Championships, helping W&M record the first perfect-score in conference history.  During the regular season, Stites was the team's top runner at the Pre-National Invitational, for which she was named CAA Runner of the Week, and was second on the team at Richmond and at UVA.  Stites was also a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree in both cross country and track and field last year, an honor she looks to repeat this fall, and was a Provost's Award winner for having a GPA over 3.5 in the 2012-13 school year.

Along with Stites, other Scholar-Athletes were announced in volleyball, men's and women's soccer, and men's cross country, and field hockey.  The Tribe also had senior Taylor Hodge (Louisville, Ky.) selected, in field hockey, giving W&M 50 honorees in the 11 and one-third years of the program, the most in the league.  The next closest school is Hofstra, with 33 Scholar-Athletes.  Both Hodge and Stites now advance to the overall Femal Scholar-Athlete of the Year ballot, which will include the winners from every CAA women's sport, and voted on in June.

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