RICHMOND, Va.   --  University of Delaware women’s cross country standout seniors Emily Gispert and Lindsay Prettyman were honored by the Colonial Athletic Association Thursday as the league announced its post-season award winners.

Gispert, a senior from Hockessin, Del. (Padua Academy), was named to the All-CAA team while Prettyman, a senior from Newark, Del. (St. Mark’s High School), earned a spot on the CAA All-Academic Team.

The duo led the Blue Hens to an outstanding season that saw the squad post a 4-1 dual meet record and post six top 10 team finishes, including winning the Delaware Blue-Gold Invitational, finishing second at both the Delaware and Towson invitationals, and posting a third place showing at the CAA Championships for the second straight year.  

“Both Emily and Lindsay represented the Blue Hens well this season,”said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane. “I am pleased they were able to finish their collegiate cross country season with such high honors. All of our seniors -  Erica Addonizio, Kellye Foulke, Alyssa Kennedy, Michele Lambert, Jessica Olsen, Nicole Rittman, and Emma Sidoriak, were role models this season. They set a good trend for others to follow. It was a pleasure working with such a remarkable a group of student-athletes.”

Gispert was Delaware’s top finisher at the CAA Championships on Nov. 2 at Towson as she placed ninth overall with a time of 22:17.95 over the six-kilometer course. She became the first UD runner to post a top 10 finish at the CAA meet since Christina Antonopoulos recorded an eighth place finish at the 2007 meet. Gispert improved upon a 47th place finish at the CAA meet in 2012.

In addition to that finish, Gispert also posted three other top 10 finishes on the season, placing fourth at the Delaware Blue-Gold Meet, fourth at the Towson Invitational, and 10th at the Delaware Invitational.

Prettyman capped an outstanding career in 2013 when she led the team in seven of the eight races in which she competed. She recorded four top 10 finishes, including capturing the title at the Delaware Blue-Gold Invitational and placing third at the Towson Invitational.

She was unable to finish the CAA race, but bounced in a big way by placing 20th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region competition two weeks later and followed that with a 117th place finish at the NCAA Championships at Indiana State. She became the first UD runner to compete at the NCAA Championships since 1984.

An outstanding student as an exercise science major, Prettyman carries a 3.88 grade point average and is a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American nominee.

William & Mary placed seven runners on the All-CAA team while Delaware, James Madison, Towson, and Northeastern each had one runner honored.


All-Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Cross Country Team: Erica Amatori (William & Mary); Elaina Balouris (William & Mary); Michelle Britto (William & Mary); Emily Gispert (Delaware); Dylan Hassett (William & Mary); Carolyn Hennessey (William & Mary); Meghan Malloy (James Madison); Meghan McGovern (William & Mary); Tessa Mundell (James Madison); Emily Stites (William & Mary); Elizabeth Tauber (Towson); Lucy Young (Northeastern)

Colonial Athletic Association All-Academic Team:  Jenna Flickinger (James Madison); Kornelia Kostka (College of Charleston); Kristin Mathis (Hofstra); Meghan McGovern (William & Mary); Lindsay Prettyman (Delaware); Ashley Simmons (Towson); Ashley Wybersky (UNCW).