Jul 30, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT
Chances are, if you’re a fan of CAA Olympic sports you’ve heard the name Elaina Balouris. She recently concluded her illustrious collegiate running career at the College of William & Mary this spring, but things haven’t slowed down for the Tribe graduate now that summer is in full effect.
At the start of July, Balouris inked a professional contract with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) to run and train with the organization’s team. A native of Allison Park, Pa., Balouris’ signed a deal along with three other standout grads — Juliet Bottorff of Duke, Emily Lipari of Villanova and Katie Matthews of Boston University. According to the B.A.A., the four athletes will train alongside U.S. Olympian Jen Rhines in Boston, Mass., as part of a new high performance team that will be coached by the group’s Terrence Mahon.
“The objective of the B.A.A.’s high performance group of athletes is to support American runners on their way towards making international teams and to compete at the Olympic and world championship level,” Mahon said in the B.A.A. release. “Each of these talented women is capable of transitioning from a decorated U.S. collegiate career to a successful professional career, and we look forward to providing them with a complete infrastructure with which to meet this goal.”
To simply write and try to explain Balouris’ accomplishment’s at William & Mary would take forever. In CAA history, Balouris joins a special group, winning CAA Athlete of the Year honors four times over her career. That’s twice in track & field and twice in cross country alone. In the fall of 2013, Balouris won her second straight CAA Cross Country individual title and earned the league’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year honor. Earlier this spring, the consensus All-American placed fifth overall in the NCAA Finals for the 10,000m run, setting a lifetime best mark of 32:46.57 in her final college race. Overall, Balouris earned All-America honors in both track & field and cross country six times and, on top of signing the professional deal in Boston, she will attend Boston College for graduate school to try and earn an M.eD. in teaching.
Thankfully, our friend’s with the Tribe’s athletic department detailed her individual highlights which can be seen below.
Elaina Balouris Career Highlights
2014 CAA Track and Field Athlete of the Year
2014 USTFCCCA Outdoor Track and Field First-Team All-American
2014 ECAC Outdoor Track and Field 3,000m Champion
2014 USTFCCCA Indoor Track and Field Second-Team All-American
2013 Portsmouth Sports Club Female Virginia College Athlete of the Year
2013 CAA Cross Country Athlete of the Year
2013 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-American
USTFCCCA National Cross Country Runner of the Week (Sept 9, 2013)
2013 CAA Track and Field Athlete of the Year
2013 USTFCCCA Outdoor Track and Field Second-Team All-American
2012 CAA Cross Country Athlete of the Year
2012 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-American
2012 USTFCCCA Outdoor Track and Field Honorable-Mention All-American
Current Records (improvement over the year):
1,500m (outdoor) – 4:24.27 (4th all-time, improvement of 4.98 seconds)
Mile (indoor) – 4:51.19 (5th all-time, improvement of 4.74 seconds)
3,000m (outdoor) – 9:10.41 (SCHOOL RECORD, improvement of 25.93 seconds)
3,000m (indoor) – 9:23.03 (SCHOOL RECORD, improvement of 11.46 seconds)
5,000m (outdoor) – 15:56.85 (2nd all-time, improvement of 6.58 seconds)
5,000m (indoor) – 15:46.92 (2nd all-time, improvement of 39.32 seconds)
10,000m (outdoor) – 32:46.57 (2nd all-time, improvement of 56.70 seconds)
Thank you, Elaina, and best of luck as a professional.
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