NU’s Hassman Repeats as Runner of the Year to Headline CAA Women’s Cross Country Year-End Honors

NU’s Hassman Repeats as Runner of the Year to Headline CAA Women’s Cross Country Year-End Honors

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RICHMOND, Va. (Dec. 7, 2023) – Northeastern senior Abigail Hassman repeated as CAA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year to headline the 2023 year-end honors. In addition, Elon freshman Hattie Reynolds and Monmouth freshman Emily Simko shared CAA Co-Rookie of the Year honors, with Elon’s Kevin Jermyn being selected as CAA Coach of the Year as voted on by the league’s head coaches. 


 
Last season, Hassman was the first woman in Northeastern program history to be named CAA Runner of the Year, and she continued her historic career in 2023. The senior is the first woman in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championship, placing 94th at the National meet to post the top finish for Northeastern – men or women – at the event since 2011. Prior to Nationals, Hassman reset her personal and program record in the 6K with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship. Hassman covered the course in 19:57.5 to record the highest finish at the regional championships in Northeastern program history. In addition, she won her second straight CAA individual title (21:03.5) at the conference championship after claiming the individual crown at the ECAC/IC4A Championships (20:39.1).
 
Reynolds is the fifth CAA Rookie of the Year for the Phoenix. She was the top-finishing freshman at the CAA Championships, placing 12th (21:44.5). Reynolds was the fifth scorer for the Phoenix, helping Elon to its fifth consecutive team title. The freshman competed at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship, finishing 83rd with a personal-best time of 21:27.8. Additionally, Reynolds posted a season-best 5K mark of 17:11.6 at the Virginia Invitational.
 
Simko earned All-CAA honors after a 13th-place (21:44.5) finish at the CAA Championship. The first-year runner competed in five meets for Monmouth this season and was the top finisher for the Hawks on each occasion. Simko ran to a personal-best 20:59.2 at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, finishing 40th overall and fifth among freshmen. In addition, she earned a top-25 finish at the ECAC/IC4A Championships, placing 22nd (21:30.4) and second among first-year competitors. Simko is the first CAA Cross Country major award winner in Monmouth program history.  
 
Jermyn earned CAA Coach of the Year accolades for the fifth consecutive season, becoming the third coach in league history to collect the honor at least five times. He guided the Phoenix to its fifth straight CAA Women’s Cross Country team title, joining William & Mary as the only programs in league history to win five CAA Championships in a row. Jermyn coached Elon to a league-best five All-CAA finishes, including four runners in the top 10 at the CAA Championships. Additionally, Elon placed eighth at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, and Jette Beerman collected All-Region accolades.
 
The top 15 finishers from the 2022 CAA Championship meet earned All-CAA accolades. Those honorees are listed below in alphabetical order.
 
2023 CAA Women’s Cross Country All-CAA Honors
Jette Beerman, Elon
Katie Blount, Elon
Azza Borovicka-Swanson, Northeastern
Rebecca Clackett, Stony Brook
Arianna DeBoer, William & Mary
Catherine Garrison, William & Mary
Abigail Hassman, Northeastern
Sofia Istnick, William & Mary
Leandra Lorenz, Elon
Fiona McLoughlin, Stony Brook
Hattie Reynolds, Elon
Maggie Springer, Elon
Emily Simko, Monmouth
Grace Sisson, Stony Brook
Grace Weigele, Stony Brook
 
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