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  1. 1. Track Talk The Spiked Shoe Society at the College of William and MaryDecember 2011 http://www.spikedshoesociety.orgDear Friends of Cross-Country and Track & Field,As we wrap up the 2011 season we look back at the suc- in the shot put and weight throw after redshirting last year and Nicolecess of the W&M XC/Track & Field program, and it all starts Dory hopes to continue her success in the pole vault, as she was anwith alumni support. The program relies on the generosity of ECAC qualifier indoors last year.our friends and supporters of the program to help make sure Outdoors, we hope to increase the number of NCAA Regional qualifi-our athletes have the opportunities to be successful at the ers. Seven men qualified last year, with three of those members re-national level. Major cross country meets such as Paul turning this year: Alex McGrath and Josh Hardin in the 10,000m andShort and Wisconsin, indoor trips to New York and Boston, Liam Anastasia-Murphy in the steeplechase. Zach Gates and Johnand outdoor trips such as Mt. SAC and Penn Relays are Muller hope to have big seasons in the 10,000m and 5,000m, andexpensive to travel to. The financial support of alumni and Chris Tyson aims for a strong showing in the 1,500m. Brandon Her-friends goes a long way toward making sure it is still possi- oux hopes to make his senior year the best so far after winning Pennble for W&M athletes to represent at these meets and be- Relays, CAAs, and IC4As last year. For the women, Elaina Balourisyond. and Kathleen Lautzenheiser will aim to make it back to NCAA Re-This indoor season W&M will be traveling to Virginia Tech, gionals, while freshman standouts Jess Cygan and Dylan HassettNavy, the (New York City) Armory, and Boston for major look to continue their success from cross-country season. With a verycompetitions. On the men’s side, Alex McGrath is looking to young squad this year the Tribe will look for leadership from Seniorcontinue his success from cross-country after finishing the Heather Beichner, who redshirted last year and Junior Sara Lasker,season with All-Region honors. He will be focusing on the who was third in the ECAC 10,000m and 2nd at CAAs.3,000m and 5,000m. Alex opened up the indoor season with As you can see there is a lot of bright talent to show this year froman IC4A qualifying time of 14:32.88. Tom Burke and Rad the men and women. Hopefully with continual support these athletesGunzenhauser both ran 14:39 and qualified at CNU on De- can help represent W&M at the highest level possible. Visit spiked-cember 4th. On the womens side Elaina Balouris will look tocontinue her success indoors after another All-Region per- to donate, or print and mail the form inside thisformance in cross-country in 2011. She opened the indoor newsletter.season at CNU with a win in the 3,000m in a time of Go Tribe!9:44.47. Jess Cygan was second with an ECAC-qualifyingtime of 9:54.24. Natalie Baird looks to return to competition Stephen Walsh, Interim Director of Cross-Country and Track & FieldThe Spiked Shoe SocietyBoard of Directors VolunteersCo-Chairs Website videos and pictures NewsletterRandy Hawthorne ’67 Coach Emil Davis ’85 Harald Anderson ’89Juan F. Conde ’86 Coach David Fritz Emily Furia ’01 Randy Hawthorne ’67 Tim O’Dowd ’80Committee Rick Platt ’72Glenn Crafford ’77 Podcasts Ali Henderson ’04 Jason Schoener ’07 (mens write-ups)Jacob Frey ’04Ken Halla ’86 Jennifer Svan ’93 (womens write-ups)Sue Haynie ’88 Facebook (Type in “Spiked Shoe Society”)Ali Henderson ’04 Kristyn Shiring ’07 Special thanks toMarcie Homan ’95 Alumni Team Organizer Bob Keroack ’79Brian Hyde ’96 Tim O’Dowd ’80 Ken Halla ’86Ron Martin ’74
  2. 2. Find us online at2011 Men’s Cross Country SeasonPaul Short Invitational (Sept. 30, Bethlehem, PA)Despite running without three of the squad’s top runners from last year, the men’steam finished 13th out of 45 teams in the 8k race. 2010 CAA Rookie of the YearJosh Hardin (Sterling, VA), a redshirt-sophomore, led the team with a 21st-placefinish (24:49). Redshirt-senior Tom Burke (Edina, MN) placed 63rd in 25:18, justthree seconds ahead of redshirt-freshman Rad Gunzenhauser (Pittsburgh, PA)in 69th. Junior Chris Tyson (Arlington, VA) ran 25:27 for 83rd, and redshirt-freshman Joshua Mercado (Citrus Heights, CA) ran 25:43 for 123rd. Redshirtjunior Liam Anastasia-Murphy (Gloucester, MA) and Tyler Jones (Chalfont, PA)rounded out the scoring in 156th (25:53) and 159th (25:54). Hardin was named theCAA Runner of the Week for his efforts, an honor also earned by Tyson andJones earlier in the season (at the Spider Alumni open and the W&M Invitational,respectively).Wisconsin Adidas Invitational (Oct. 14, Madison, WI)The Tribe finished 27th on the 8k course, beating out nationally ranked New Mex-ico (#25) and Florida (#28). Redshirt-junior Alex McGrath (Marlborough, NH;96th), sixth-year grad student Lewis Woodard (Charlotte, NC; 121st), Tom Burke(123rd), redshirt-junior and defending CAA champion Zach Gates (Fishers, IN;134th), and Josh Hardin (152nd) all finished within 22 seconds of each other.CAA Championships (Oct. 29, Hampton, GA)The Tribe won its 12th consecutive (and 19th overall) CAA Championship in domi-nating fashion by placing six runners on the All-CAA team. Zach Gates led theway, running 25:05 to take second place on the 8k course. Tom Burke (4th,25:17), Rad Gunzenhauser (5th, same time), Alex McGrath (6th, 25:24), ChrisTyson (10th, 25:31), and Tyler Jones (11th, 25:37) earned All-CAA honors aswell. Also competing were redshirt-sophomore John Muller (LaGrangeville, NY;13th in 25:44), redshirt-sophomore Zach Tennant (Fairview, WV; 15th in 25:55),and Liam Anastasia-Murphy (17th, 26:04). Gunzenhauser, who finished 20places ahead of any other freshman, was named the season’s CAA Rookie of theYear. Coach Stephen Walsh won his second CAA Cross Country Coach of theYear award in only his second year as head coach.NCAA Southeast Region Championships (Nov. 12, Louisville, KY)In the end, just 13 points stood between the Tribe and a fifteenth consecutive tripto the NCAACross County Championships. The team still performed above expectations byfinishing third with 152 points and beating nationally ranked opponents NorthCarolina (#25) and Louisville (#26). Alex McGrath earned his first All-Regionhonors by finishing 10th, with a time of 30:20 for 10k. Lewis Woodard (28th,30:58.7), Zach Gates (29th, 30:59.0), Josh Hardin (41st, 31:15.0), and TomBurke (44th, 31:18.0) rounded out the scoring. Chris Tyson (45th, 31:20.2) andRad Gunzenhauser (126th, 33:02.4) also ran for the Tribe.
  3. 3. www.spikedshoesociety.orgWomen’s Cross Country SeasonPaul Short Invitational (Sept. 30, Bethlehem, PA)The Tribe finished 19th out of 45 teams in the 6k event, beating all four CAAsquads entered. Sophomore Elaina Balouris (Allison Park, PA), the reigning con-ference Rookie of the Year, placed 16th in 20:59, and was later awarded CAARunner of the Week honors for her performance. Running in front of a hometowncrowd, freshman Jess Cygan (Bethlehem, PA), finished 117th in 22:29. Sopho-more Kathleen Lautzenheiser (Midlothian, VA) was ten seconds back, and red-shirt-freshman Clarissa Schick (Richmond, VA) ran 22:56. Redshirt-sophomoreMichelle Britto (Woodbridge, VA) was the team’s fifth runner in 23:00, finishingjust a hair in front of redshirt-junior Heather Beichner (Cary, NC) who was alsocredited with a 23:00 finish.Wisconsin Adidas Invitational (Oct. 14, Madison, WI)The team placed 39th in the 6k race, led by Elaina Balouris, who ran 21:04.1 tofinish 66th. Jess Cygan crossed the line in 21:29.5 for 132nd, and Michelle Brittowas next in for W&M, running 21:44.7. Redshirt-freshman Lauren Strapp(Raleigh, NC) and Heather Beichner finished together in 22:41.7 and 22:41.8,respectively. Clarissa Schick rounded out W&M’s effort in 23:02.3.CAA Championships (Oct. 29, Hampton, GA)William and Mary finished second to James Madison at the conference champion-ship, 45 to 32. Three women earned All-CAA honors: Elaina Balouris (2nd, 21:43for 6k), Jess Cygnan (4th, 22:21), and Michelle Britto (8th, 22:42). FreshmanDylan Hassett (Alpharetta, GA), just missed the all-conference cutoff with her14th-place showing in 23:03. Completing the scoring lineup were redshirt-freshman Lanie Smith (Reston, VA), 2008 Rookie of the Year HeatherBeichner, and senior Kristen Dietz (Springfield, VA), who placed 17th, 20th, and21st, respectively. Also competing were Kathleen Lautzenheiser (23rd), LaurenStrapp (29th), and redshirt-freshman Christina Lee (Sterling, VA; 41st).NCAA Southeast Region Championships (Nov. 12, Louisville, KY)W&M beat six teams with higher regional rankings, finishing 9th. Elaina Balourisjust missed qualifying for the national championships with a 9th-place finish(20:36.8 for 6k). Her performance was the best for a Tribe runner since All-American Ali Henderson ’04 finished seventh in 2003. Dylan Hassett crossedthe line in 63rd (21:51.7), just three seconds ahead of Michelle Britto in 69th.Heather Beichner ran 22:18.5, and the team’s final two competitors finished lessthan half-a-second apart, with Jess Cygan crossing in 22:31.4 and Lanie Smithrunning 22:31.8.Alumni NewsKathy Newberry ’00 was the second American marathon finisher at the WorldChampionships in Daegu, South Korea, running 2:37:28 for 30th place. She willcompete in the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston on January 14, alongwith Chas Gillespie and Keith Bechtol ’07.Jon Grey ’11 has had a promising start to his professional career. After signingwith Team USA Minnesota over the summer, he took first place at the Life TimeFitness Turkey Day 5k in Minneapolis in 14:18 and then won the USATF ClubCross-Country Championship with a time of 29:38 for 10k. He was also part ofthe U.S. squad—along with Christo Landry ’08—that took 8th place at the IzumoEkiden Relay in Japan in October. It was the first time an American team hadcracked the top 10 at the event.In his debut at the distance, Ed Moran ’03, MPP ’05, MBA ’11 placed 10th at the
  4. 4. Find us online at www.spikedshoesociety.orgAlumni News (continued)NYC Marathon in 2:11:46.Sallie Ford ’10 placed 5th at the McDonald’s Half-Marathon in Richmond, VA with a time of 1:20:40.Jacob Frey ’04 is running… for office, in Minnesota. Learn more about his state senate campaign at in TouchVisit for regular updates on ath- and LinkedIn by typing in “Spiked Shoe Society”.letes past and present. There you’ll find photographs andvideo from races, radio-style interviews available for The most important thing about the Spiked Shoe Society isdownload as podcasts, meet results, and links to news sto- you. Let us know what you want to see on the website or inries covering current student athletes and alumni alike. this newsletter. Tell us what you’ve been up to since you’ve graduated. Have you run in any interesting races (it doesn’tWhile you’re there, feel free to leave a comment on any matter how fast—most of us are “retired” after all)? Any excit-story. Let us know what you think! Plus you can sign up to ing life changes? We’ll put it up on the blog so your old team-receive updates by e-mail or in your favorite RSS reader. mates can catch up with what you’ve been doing. The Spiked Shoe Society is here for you so help us make it better by be-Looking to get in touch with fellow classmates? You can find coming an active participant!contact information for old friends at the alumni database(, login: If you’ve ever wondered what your old teammates have beenwmalumni and password: sunkengardens). While you’re up to, chances are good they’re wondering about you too! Bethere, take a second to check your own email and mailing sure to include your full name and graduation year with anyaddress. stories or information you send in.To help you keep in touch with your friends and teammates, Please e-mail Ken Halla at if you havethe Spiked Shoe Society has set up groups on several social any news, ideas, or thoughts so he can put them on the web-networking sites. In particular, you can find us on Facebook page or in the newsletter.Yes, I support Friends of W&M Track and Field and Cross-CountryYes, I support Friends of W&M TRACK AND FIELD & CROSS-COUNTRY. My gift is $ . Enclosed is my check, made payable to Friends of W&M Track and Cross-Country. Charge my MasterCard/Visa/Discover/American Express # Exp. Date: Security Code:Name: Phone (H) (W)Address:City, State, Zip: E-Mail:Does your firm match gifts? Please include matching gift form with your contribution.My gift is designated for: WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD & CROSS-COUNTRY (0758) MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD & CROSS-COUNTRY (0469) Endowment Name: FRIENDS OF TRACK AND FIELD & CROSS-COUNTRY ENDOWMENT ($2,500) NAME ON “FRIENDS” ENDOWMENT? DESIGNATION SPIKED SHOE SOCIETY ENDOWMENT/MEN’S TRACK WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD ENDOWMENT Please send completed forms to: W&M Tribe Club, P.O. Box 399, Williamsburg, VA 23187