Press Release for Sunday, October 31, 2010

UNF Women Cross Country Team Nabs Five A-Sun Awards


Rod Black


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The Atlantic Sun Conference released the 2010 cross country awards on Saturday, Oct. 30, and the North Florida women’s cross country team landed four student-athletes on the All-A-Sun team and head coach Mark VanAlstyne earned his first Women’s Coach of the Year honor.

The Ospreys have now had eight student-athletes earn 15 All-A-Sun accolades in cross country since the joining the conference in 2005. This year's team includes two North Florida women on the first team as well as two on the second team.

Sophomores Shelby Kittrell and Ecaterina Gheorghiu were selected to the first team with their second and seventh-place finishes, respectively. Junior Erin Nixon and sophomore Meggie Emons were named to the second team with their 10th and 12th-place finishes, respectively.

The honor is Kittrell’s fourth as she was named Freshman of the Year, First-Team A-Sun and All-Freshman in 2009. It is Emons second honor as she was also named to the All-Freshman team in 2009.

VanAlstyne earned his first career A-Sun Women's Coach of the Year honor. While at the head of the program when North Florida was Divison II, VanAlstyne was named the Women’s Peach Belt Coach of the Year in 2003 as well as for the men in 1998 and 2000. Under VanAlstyne’s direction, the Ospreys claimed the first A-Sun cross country title in program history this season.

Next up for North Florida is the NCAA South Region Championships, hosted by Samford University, in Hoover, Ala. on Nov. 13 at Veterans Park.