William and Mary freshman Emily Stites won a national title (junior women’s 6-kilometer) Saturday at the USA Track & Field Cross Country Championships in St. Louis.
Stites finished in 20 minutes, 27.3 seconds -- more than 20 seconds clear of the field -- to win her first national championship.
She is the first freshman for either men or women, and the third woman overall in the history of W&M cross country and track and field to win a national title.
Teammate Meghan McGovern placed eighth in 21:32.3.
Victor Flemming of Smithfield was the top men’s finisher and Susan Hagel of Norfolk was the top women’s finisher in Saturday’s Grafton Cold F-F-Feet 5K race in York County.
Flemming finished in 16 minutes, 35 seconds, and Hagel in 23:07.
The Norfolk Admirals (18-23-2-1) lost their second AHL game in two nights, falling 4-1 at Bridgeport, Conn. despite Peter Holland’s first-period goal.
Brock Nelson scored a hat trick for the Sound Tigers, including the tying and go-ahead goals.
No. 53 William and Mary went ahead 4-0 and beat UNC Wilmington 4-3 at McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center, thanks to two doubles wins and singles triumphs by Jeltje Loomans, Leeza Nemchinov and Hope Johnson. ...
No. 54 North Texas beat Old Dominion 6-1 in Denton, with No. 4 player Juliana Pires recording ODU's only triumph -- 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (11-9).
Indoor track and field:
Hampton University won a men's and women's race at the New York Collegiate Inviational.
Sophomore Edose Ibadin won the men's 500-meter college race in 1 minute, 4.70 seconds.
Senior Benita Taylor, the reigning MEAC Female Track Athlete of the Week, took the 500-meter dash championship race at 1:13.53. ...
In the Gene Anderson Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., Phoebus High graduate Kaydianne McKenzie of Norfolk State was second in the triple jump (38-00.75)
Hunter Perrot won twice in his final home meet as William and Mary beat Villanova 192-70.
Perrot took the 200-yard freestyle in 1:43.28 and the 50 free in 21.45 seconds.
W&M senior Evan Rutherford, a Hampton Roads Academy graduate who transferred from Auburn, swam 1:55.77 for second place in the 200 backstroke. Freshman Charley Bowles of Yorktown, a Tabb High product, was the 200 breaststroke runner-up in 2:12.30.
Villanova defeated W&M 139-123 in the Tribe's regular-season finale.
Tribe sophomore Liz Glenn won the 100 backstroke in 57.56 seconds, then smashed the pool record in the 200 backstroke with her 2:00.03 victory.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times