ATLANTA — Following a remarkable freshman season, Georgia State cross country runner Hannah Stefanoff has been named CAA co-Rookie of the Year, the conference office announced Thursday, Dec. 8.

Stefanoff will share the distinction with Jess Cygan of William & Mary. Cygan placed fourth overall at the CAA championship at Hampton, Ga., on Oct. 29th where Stefanoff finished ninth with a time of 22:50.

The Grandview Heights, Ohio, native becomes the sixth overall runner in program history, and the third from the women’s team, to earn the honor. The last Panther to do so was Rebecca Hallam in 2008.

Stefanoff was the top finisher on the women’s team in all eight races during the 2011 season, capturing three individual titles and leading her squad to team victories in three meets.

The GSU women finished the year ranked 12th in the USTFCCCA poll for the South regional.

During 2011, Stefanoff set a new program mark for conference weekly honors in a single season, being named CAA Runner of the Week on five occasions. That count leaves her only one shy of the career record of six set by Jenn Feenstra from 2000 to 2004.

The conference also officially announced the 2011 All-CAA teams based on the top 12 finishers at the championship meet, which was hosted by Georgia State.

In addition to Stefanoff, junior Katharine Showalter earned All-CAA honors with an 11th place finish and on the men’s side, sophomore Valentin Poncelet made the list by finishing 8th.

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