Welcoming Party

  There are two new people to the conference this year that we should introduce to HepsNation: Elizabeth Phillips and J.J. Riese.

Phillips is a volunteer assistant coach for the Penn Quakers as she is currently enrolled in the doctorate program for Penn’s School of Medicine.  She will be focusing on the distance crews.  On Sunday night, Phillips won the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year award in Indianapolis, In.  She was nominated due to her excellent undergraduate career at the Washington University of St Louis, where she was the captain of the Division III national champion cross-country squad and a seven-time All-American in middle distance events, while she maintained a 4.0 GPA in biomedical engineering.

“I was totally shocked. I really didn’t expect to win,” Phillips told her alma mater’s Student Life newspaper on Sunday night. “It was such an honor just to be chosen as a finalist for this award along with so many other accomplished women. But winning was definitely surreal. I feel very proud to represent Wash. U. and Division III in this way.”

One of other the finalists included former Dartmouth steeplechase star Alexi Pappas.

Riese was announced by the Brown Daily Herald today as the new sprinting and hurdling assistant coach for the Bears. Riese comes from Syracuse University, where he was the assistant coach with the sprinting, hurdling, and jumping crews.  He coached Jarret Eaton to the NCAA 60m hurdle national title in 2012, making Eaton the first individual national champion in Syracuse’s track history.  Riese also coached sprinter Michael LeBlanc (Syracuse/Canada) to a 10th place finish in the 60 meters at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.  Brown Director Tim Springfield describes Riese as being very technically knowledgeable, extremely organized, and hard-working, which will help Riese transition to his new role as an Ivy League coach.

HepsNation, please welcome Elizabeth and J.J.

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