Ritz becomes first Bison to earn All-CAC honors since 2000
YORK, Pa. - Junior Rose Ritz (Wauwatosa, Wis.) ran herself into the Gallaudet women's cross country record book last Saturday when she finished fifth overall at the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference championship meet in Walkersville, Md. On Thursday, the CAC officially announced its all-conference teams as Ritz was named to the first team. Ritz helped pace the Bison to a surprise fourth-place finish for the Buff and Blue at the CAC championships.
She becomes the first Bison since Natalie Ludwig to be named to the All-CAC team. Ludwig was selected to the first team back in 2000. Ritz is the fourth All-CAC first team honoree for Gallaudet since 1991. GU did not field a cross country program from 2003-07. There have been seven total All-CAC selections for the Bison between first and second team honorees since '91.
The top seven runners at the CAC championships earn first team honors while the second team is filled out by the next eight runners to form the Top 15 runners overall.
University of Mary Washington junior Sarah Dawes won the individual crown at the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country championship, led her team to second place in the standings and was selected as the CAC Athlete of the Year. Salisbury, led by CAC Coach of the Year Jim Jones, earned seven berths on the All-CAC team, including Jessie Early, who was named 2009 CAC Rookie of the Year.
Ritz will next represent Gallaudet at the 2009 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championship on Saturday, November 14, in Greensboro, N.C.