Emily Frith, a former cross country and track standout at Lincoln County, has been named an NCAA Division II All-American in cross country.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Nov. 19 the 80 student/athletes who received All-American honors for the 2012 NCAA Division II Cross Country season. Overall finish at the NCAA Championships is the determining factor as the top 40 individuals from both men’s and women’s races earn All-American plaudits from the USTFCCCA.
Frith, a sophomore at Bellarmine University, earned All-American status by helping lead her team to a 19th place finish in its first appearance at the national championships.
Bellarmine, which was ranked 30th prerace, had two top 40 runners to boost its overall finish, with Angela Musk placing 12th and Frith 31st in the championships held at Missouri Southern. Musk broke her own school record in clocking Bellarmine’s first-ever sub 21-minute 6K, finishing in 20:57.4. Frith put up the third best time in school history with her 21:11.1.
Grand Valley State’s Alicia Nelson won the individual women’s title with a time of 20:03.3.
Frith, who is majoring in exercise science, is from Crab Orchard and is the daughter of Tom Frith and Tammy Frith.