Nov. 21, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Stanford freshman Cayla Hatton was named Pac-12 Women's Cross Country Newcomer of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday.
Hatton becomes the first Cardinal to earn the honor since Teresa McWalters in 2004 and the sixth since the award was established in 1999. Hatton shares the honor this year with Oregon redshirt freshman Allie Woodward.
The Pac-12 also announced its all-conference teams and five Stanford runners received recognition, including two on first team - Pac-12 individual women's champion Kathy Kroeger and sophomore Joe Rosa.
The all-conference teams were determined by the order of finish at the Pac-12 Championships, with the top seven earning first-team honors. The special awards were determined by a coaches' vote.
For the men, Arizona's Lawi Lalang was named Athlete of the Year, Oregon's Trevor Dunbar was Newcomer of the Year, and Colorado's Mark Wetmore was Coach of the Year.
For the women, Oregon's Jordan Hasay, who was second to Kroeger at Pac-12's, was Athlete of the Year, and Oregon's Robert Johnson was Coach of the Year.
Hatton burst on to the national scene as a senior at Phillips Academy Andover when she ran a 33:17.28, the No. 2 girls' national high school finish of all-time, on the track in her first competitive race at that distance.
She continued that momentum by capturing All-America honors, finishing 28th at the NCAA Championships to help the Cardinal to a third-place team finish - its highest since 2007. Hatton also was fifth at the NCAA West Regional.
Kroeger and Tonn each earned their third All-Pac-12 honor. For Kroeger, it marked her third first-team selection.
For Rosa, Johnson, and Cuffe, this was their first all-conference honor.