Uploaded: Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 12:31 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 1:23 PM
Hatton named Newcomer of the Year
|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.
Benjamin Johnson, a senior, was named to the men's second team and sophomore Aisling Cuffe and junior Jessica Tonn were named to the women's second team.
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.
Senior Becky Dru was named a Longstreth/NFHCA First Team All-American, earning the sport's highest honor for a second consecutive season.
Meanwhile, sophomore Kelsey Harbin was chosen as a Third Team All-American selection, giving Stanford a pair of honorees in the same season.
A two-time First Team All-American, Dru was honored as the 2012 NorPac Player of the Year, earning the distinction for the second straight season and collecting her fifth conference award overall.
A native of Buckinghamshire, England, Dru led the Cardinal in goals (12), assists (12), points (36), shots (65) and game-winning goals (3) this season. Arguably one of the most decorated players in school history, Dru totaled 54 goals, 36 assists, 144 points, 311 shots and 15 game-winning goals in 87 career games.
Harbin continued to emerge as one of the nation's elite young players, tabbed an All-NorPac selection while earning the conference's Defensive Player of the Year award.
A native of Escondido, Calif., Harbin totaled 15 points (five goals, five assists) this year while attempting 34 shots and sharing the team lead with Dru in game-winning goals (3).
In addition to racking up two defensive saves, Harbin scored Stanford's first goal in NCAA Tournament play since 2010 during a 4-1 loss to North Carolina last weekend.
Harbin started all but three games this year, missing time in mid-September while representing the U.S. team at the Junior Pan American Championships.
Dru, Harbin and junior Hope Burke were named NFHCA All-West Region selections last week. The West Region comprises schools such as California, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State, Louisville, Northwestern and Michigan State.
— Stanford Athletics
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