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Fall Sports Post Winning Season

December 21, 2010

Dec. 21, 2010


Junior Meghan Gilmore, cross-country, NCAA All-American


Posting one of its best seasons on record, the fall sports program at Palm Beach Atlantic University wrapped up 2010 with team and individual achievements that included a championship win, NCAA recognition, and numerous awards for performance, coaching and academics.

Season highlights included:


In a sport of personal bests, junior Meghan Gilmore led the way in 2010, earning a place in PBA sports history as the first cross-country runner named as an NCAA All-American. She placed 10th overall in a field of 187 runners in the NCAA Division II women's cross-country national championship with a time of 21:35 in the 6,000 meter course. She also took the national championship title in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and an individual title in the Florida Tech Invitational.

In a team best, women's cross-country received a No. 5 weekly ranking in the South Region by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. They also finished fourth in the NCCAA championship (the best team finish to date). The 2010 team was led by Coach Sonja Friend-Uhl and Coach Christy Rife.

Men's Soccer

Led for the sixth season by Coach Jose Gomez, the men's soccer team finished the season with a 15-6-0 record and the NCCAA national championship title. It was a program first for the predominantly young team that started the tournament as the No. 6 seed.


Senior Andrew Kanarr, soccer, NCCAA National Player of the Year

Coach Jose Gomez was named NCCAA Division I National Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

NCCAA player honors for the season went to:
· Andrew Kanarr, senior: National Player of the Year, All-American first team, All-Region team and All-Tournament team
· Kyle Crouse, senior: South Region Player of the Year, All-American first team and All-Tournament team
· Tumi Magdalela, senior: All-Tournament team, Most Outstanding Player in the national championship tournament and scholar-athlete
· Juan Villagrana, senior: All-American second team
· Josh Sharpe, senior: All-Tournament team
· Jonathan Strunk, sophomore: All-American honorable mention

Women's Soccer

The women's soccer team, led for the third year by Coach James Kryger, won their second consecutive NCCAA South Region championship and competed in their first national championship, where they finished as runner-up. They ended the season with a record of 14-5-2. Coach Kryger was named NCCAA Region Coach of the Year.

In NCAA Division II play, the team ranked No. 9 in the South Region and No. 7 in scoring offense out of 230 Div. II schools. Senior Angie Kuhn tied for third in points per game in the offensive rankings.

The team also achieved their third consecutive Adidas Team Academic Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for their overall team grade-point average of 3.28. NCCAA scholar-athlete awards were presented to seniors Angie Kuhn and Alex Regin, and to juniors Katie Runyon, Alyssa DeMonte and Michele Kappas.

Additional NCCAA player honors for the season went to:

· Angie Kuhn, senior: Most Outstanding Offensive Player, All-Tournament team and All-American first team
· Alex Regin, senior: All-American first team
· Ashley Shoaf, sophomore: All-American first team
· Katie Runyon, junior: All-Tournament team
· Allison Fox, freshman: All-American honorable mention and All-Region Goalkeeper of the Year


The women's volleyball team, led by Coach Bob White, won the NCCAA South Region championship. The team finished the season with a 23-9 record. For the seventh time in his coaching career, White, who is PBA's athletic director, was named NCCAA Region Coach of the Year.

Six players were honored by the NCCAA as scholar-athletes: senior Jennifer Eldridgeand juniorsJaneen McCormick, Jessica Way, Rachel Lawrence, Jessie Kubiak and Allie Warren.

Additional NCCAA player honors for the season went to:
· Mariela Quesada, sophomore: co-National Player of the Year, All-American team, Most Outstanding Player in the national championship tournament, and All-Tournament and All-Region teams
· Allie Warren, junior: All-American second team and All-Region team
· Jessica Way, junior: All-Region team

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2010-11 Winter Sports lineup: men's basketball with Coach Terry Primm and women's basketball with Coach Clarisse Garcia

2011 Spring Sports beginning in February: baseball with Coach Gary Carter, softball with Coach Kimmy Bloemers and men's / women's tennis with Coach Chi Ly


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