Nov. 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University junior Juli Accurso was named the 2012 Great Lakes Region Runner of the Year on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) becomes just the second runner in Mid-American Conference history to receive the regional honor and the first runner to do so in Ohio cross country history.
"This is a huge honor for Juli," said head coach Clay Calkins. "There are only nine regions in the country and for her to be selected as the top runner in the region says a lot about her hard work and dedication. When athletes achieve honors such as this, it is not only a reflection of her ability, but the ability of the team. There is no doubt that she has exceeded my expectations and I couldn't be more excited for her."
Accurso received the honor after she became the first Ohio women's cross country runner to win an NCAA Regional event as she finished the 2012 Great Lakes Regional in a school record time of 20:07.
Two weeks earlier, she captured the Mid-American Conference individual crown for the second-consecutive year. In 2012, Accurso has finished in the top three on five separate occasions.
Her winning performance at the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional marks the second straight season in which she has qualified for the NCAA Championships. During the 2011 Nationals, Accurso took home All-America honors after she placed 36th.
Accurso is set to compete in the 2012 NCAA Championships at Noon on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park.