Emily Stites Named CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Updated: Thursday 06/22/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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William & Mary's Emily Stites (Wyoming, Ohio) was named the Colonial Athletic Association Women's Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Monday, earning the league's top academic honor after an All-American season on the track.  Stites, who was also the 2013 CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's cross country, is the Tribe's first women's track and field winner since 2005-06.  She is also just the seventh athlete in league history to win both cross country and track and field honors, the fourth to do so in different years.

Stites this year became just the sixth Tribe athlete, man or woman, to win All-America honors in all three seasons of a single academic year.  The marketing major was 36th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, 11th indoors at 5,000m, and a careerbest third at the 10,000m outdoor championships just two weeks ago.  Her spring season included a Colonial Relays record and Zable Stadium record of 34:04 in the 10,000m, and a CAA Championships record 16:12 in the 5,000m.  Stites also ran 15:53 at the Mt. SAC Relays, and lifetime-bests of 4:28 in the 1,500m and 9:11 in the 3,000m, the latter to win the ECAC outdoor title in the event.  At the NCAA Semifinals, she ran 33:47.27 for third place, and improved to 33:26.15 in the national finals to win the bronze medal.

In addition to Stites, the Tribe also won three other Scholar-Athlete awards on Monday, with redshirt-junior Brian Waterfield (Chesapeake, Va.) of men's track and field and seniors Will Juggins '15 of men's tennis and Ellen Shaffrey '15 of women's lacrosse being honored.  All four, along with swimmers Justin Barden (Gordonsville, Va.) and Megan Howard '15, advance to the ballot to select the overall men's and women's Scholar-Athletes of the Year in the CAA.  Each of the 21 sport winners are eligible for the overall award, which W&M has won six times, more than the next two school's combined.  In the 13 year history of the CAA Scholar-Athlete program, W&M has led the league in selections nine times, including the last three years with six honors each year.  Overall, the Tribe has 60 honors, 24 more than any other school.

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