Richmond, Va. (December 8, 2011) - James Madison cross country junior runner Katie Harman (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) was named Colonial Athletic Association Cross Country Athlete of the Year as voted on by the league's head coaches Thursday.
Harman, who earned All-Region and All-Conference honors, was recognized as the Most Outstanding Performer at the CAA Women's Cross Country Championship after claiming the individual title with a time of 21:18 on the 6K course. She won the race by 25 seconds and broke the previous course record by 65 seconds as the Dukes took home the team championship. Harman earned USTFCCCA All-Southeast Region honors after finishing 17th at the NCAA Southeast Regional with a time of 20:51. She also was the individual winner at the ECAC Championship Division Race with a time of 17:29 in the 5K event. Harman is the fourth different JMU runner to receive Athlete of the Year honors over the past seven seasons.
JMU Head Coach Dave Rinker was also selected as the CAA women's cross country Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season and the seventh time in his career after guiding JMU to back-to-back conference titles. The Dukes also placed eighth at the NCAA Southeast Regional and finished fourth at the ECAC Championship.
2011 ALL-CAA WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
Name, School, Class, Hometown
Elaina Balouris, William and Mary, So., Allison Park, Pa.
Michelle Britto, William and Mary, So., Woodbridge, Va.
Jess Cygan, William and Mary, Fr., Bethlehem, Pa.
Kaylin Gilmartin-Donohue, Towson, Sr., White Plains, N.Y.
Katie Gorman, James Madison, Jr., Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Katie Harman, James Madison, Jr., Clarksville, Md.
Kristen Landry, James Madison, Fr., Boonton Township, N.J.
Stacey Nobles, James Madison, Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.
Katie Ogden, Towson, Gr., Owings, Md.
Katharine Showalter, Georgia State, Jr., Atlanta, Ga.
Hannah Stefanoff, Georgia State, Fr., Grandview Heights, Ohio
Jessica Zozos, James Madison, Sr., Glenshaw, Pa.
2011 CAA Athlete of the Year: Katie Harman, James Madison
2011 CAA Co-Rookies of the Year: Jess Cygan, William and Mary and Hannah Stefanoff, Georgia State
2011 CAA Coach of the Year: Dave Rinker, James Madison
Parts of this article were taken from caasports.com