UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders Director of Track and Field and Cross Country, Lori Taylor and Head Men’s Coach, Steve Taylor and staff announced the 2016 honorees today.
Female Rookie of the Year: Claire Brown
"Claire had a great freshmen season which was highlighted by her All-Conference performance at the Atlantic 10 Championships and helping secure the Spiders Atlantic 10 Conference Championship title. Along with being named the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week twice this season she also excelled in the classroom and was our top freshman in every regular season meet this fall. I am excited to see Claire use the experience she gained during the fall semester to realize her competitive potential during the indoor and outdoor track seasons."—Coach Lori Taylor
Female Athlete of the Year: Kylie Regan
"Kylie has become a strong leader within our program on the course, in the classroom and beyond. She took a leadership role last year and expanded upon that leadership this fall. Collectively, through her leadership and performance she was a key to our team winning back-to-back Atlantic 10 Conference Championship titles. She earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors leading the team to a 1-5 split under five seconds and led the way throughout the race. Her confidence continues to grow and it will be fun to watch her reach a new level during the winter and spring track & field seasons."
-- Coach Lori Taylor
Male Rookie of the Year: Miles Clikeman
"Miles made excellent progress this fall and showed he is willing to train hard and push his limits in training. He remained healthy throughout the season and excelled in the classroom. He was our top freshman in every meet he competed in this fall, earned Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week honors twice and his sub twenty-five effort for five miles in Sacramento, California was one of the best marks for freshmen in the league. I'm excited about how quickly he adapted to the training and the increase in college race distance. We look forward to his continued progress this spring."—Coach Steve Taylor
Male Athlete of the Year: Alex Lucking
"Alex led our team in three meets and took on a huge leadership role this fall. Even though an injury cut his fall race schedule short, he still maintained an active role in our season. His best race was in Sacramento before the injury and although he was not at his best, in terms of health, he still led our team at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships. As we look ahead to the winter and spring he will focus on the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon in February and the Collegiate 10K Road Race National Championships in April."-- Coach Steve Taylor
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