Freshman Katharine Smiley was named the LSWA Co-Freshman of the Year
Dec. 8, 2013
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Along with being named to the All-Louisiana Team by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, Tulane freshman cross country runner Katharine Smiley was named the Co-Freshman of the Year by the LSWA, announced the organization late Saturday night.
Smiley was a member of the seven-woman squad, and was named the Co-Freshman of the Year along with Louisiana-Lafayette's Claire Hodges. The awards are voted on by members of the LSWA.
In addition to Smiley being named to the women's squad, sophomore runner Adam Yohanan was named to the men's All-Louisiana Team.
The inclusion of Smiley on the All-Louisiana Women's Team marks the fourth consecutive year that Tulane has placed a runner on the LSWA team, as Emmi Aguillard and Paige Callahan were named to the team in 2012, while Callahan and Katharine Crabtree were on 2011's squad and Rebecca Coady and Julia Whitrock graced the 2010 edition of the team.
The individual award won by Smiley marks the first Tulane LSWA individual honor since Callahan was named the LSWA Runner of the Year in 2011.
A native of Danville, California, Smiley was one of the top freshmen to ever compete for the Tulane Green Wave on the cross country circuit. She competed in all four regular season meets, as well as the Conference USA Championships and the NCAA South Central Regional. Smiley played an integral role in helping the Green Wave capture two meet titles, including the 6K Relay at New Orleans and the McNeese State Cowboy Stampede. She led the Green Wave at the Azalea City Classic, placing 17th in a time of 22:31, a personal best in the 6K, and also led the Green Wave at the Conference USA Championships, finishing in a time of 19:03.63. Smiley came in sixth place at the McNeese State Cowboy Stampede, finishing in 19:04.05 and ran a personal best in the 5K with a time of 18:52.61 at the Crimson Classic. She tied for third place at the UNO 6K Relay, finishing with a combined time of 24:21.64 and ran a 23:20.30 time at the NCAA South Central Regionals.
"Katharine was an unbelievably pleasant surprise to our program this year," stated the director of Tulane cross country and track and field Eric Peterson. "She surpassed my expectations for what I thought would bring into our program as a true freshman. It was obvious right from the beginning that she is talented. The more impressive thing about her is disposition and incredibly strong work-ethic. She is very coachable, and she has a really bright future as a long-distance runner in our program. I'm proud of her for the way she handled the season, and I'm impressed that by the time we got to the end of the season, she was leading our team. She is well deserving of these awards."
As a sophomore, Yohanan was the top male runner on the season for the Green Wave . The New York, N.Y. native posted two top-ten finishes on the season - at the UNO 6K Relay and the Azalea City Classic -while competing in all four regular season meets for the Green Wave, as well as the Conference USA Championships and the NCAA South Central Regionals in Waco, Texas. He was the top runner for the men's portion of the team in all meets except the NCAA South Central Regional. Yohanan placed first with freshman Kade Kistner at the UNO 6K Relay on Aug. 30, with a combined time of 20:12.17, and followed that performance with a career-best 25:25.75 8K finish at the Azalea City Classic on Sept. 14.
Yohanan marks second male runner to earn All-Louisiana honors, as teammate Mark Manion was included on the All-Louisiana squad in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
"Adam led the team for most of the season, and he had set himself up nicely to be strongly considered for this award," added Peterson. "I'm pleased that we have had somebody on the men's side of this team represent us in this award. It's a good indication that we have athletes on both sides that have consistently performed well in this region."
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