Written by LRU Sports Information
Saturday, 21 May 2011 10:07
Lenoir-Rhyne's Kate Griewisch has been named the 2011 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA Southeast Region Outdoor Track and Field Women's Athlete Of The Year.
USTFCCCA is the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Griewisch, a junior from Banner Elk, N.C., holds school records in the 1,500-meter (4:41), 5,000-meter (17:01) and 10,000-meter (34:39) runs.
Griewisch owns the sixth-best time in NCAA Division II in the 10K this season and will compete in the 10,000-meter run at the 2011 D-II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Turlock, Calif. Griewisch placed ninth in last season's 10K at the national finals in Charlotte, N.C.
The race takes place on Thursday, May 26, on the Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium on the campus of California State Stanislaus.
Griewisch was also named the region's women's athlete of the year earlier in the spring for Division II Indoor Track and Field.
Griewisch holds the indoor school record in the 5K (16:45) and finished ninth in the 5,000-meter run at the 2011 NCAA Division II indoor finals on Saturday, March 12, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Griewisch is a two-time NCAA Division II All-American (2009-10) in women's cross country, where she twice earned southeast region women's athlete-of-the-year honors as well.
Griewisch also won the 2009 South Atlantic Conference Women's Cross Country race and finished first in the NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country Southeast Regional meet the past two seasons (2009-10).
CLASS 1A STATE TRACK
Alex Villanueva of Avery High was a one-man show at the Class 1A state track meet Friday at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro.
Villanueva, the starting quarterback on the Vikings football team, scored all of Avery's points by placing in three events. He turned in a fourth-place performance in the high jump with an effort of six-feet, two inches. Villanueva turned in a seventh-place finish in the long jump (20-11) and he finished eighth in the 110-meter-high hurdles (15.88).
As a team, the Vikings finished 21st with eight points. North Rowan won the Class 1A men's title with 116 points; Hendersonville captured the women's championship with 84 points.