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GENERAL INFORMATION Name of School: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belmont University City: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nashville, Tenn. Founded: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1951 Enrollment: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6,374 Nickname: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bruins Colors: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Navy, Red and White Affiliation: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .NCAA Division I Conference: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Atlantic Sun President: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. Robert C. Fisher Alma Mater, Year: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Henderson State, 1970 Athletics Director: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Strickland Alma Mater, Year: . . . . . . . . . . . .Georgia Southern, 1971 Athletic Department Phone: . . . . . . . . . . .615-460-6420 Ticket Office Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .615-460-8500 TEAM INFORMATION 2010 Conference Finish: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5th Returning/Lost: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7/2 Newcomers: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 COACHING STAFF Head Coach: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Seth Sheridan Alma Mater, Year: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Belmont, 1992 Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .615-460-8525 Graduate Assistant Coach: . . . . . . . . . .Ashley Casavant Alma Mater, Year: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michigan State, 2010

TABLE OF CONTENTS Front Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Schedule/Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Head Coach Seth Sheridan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Grad Assistant Coach Ashley Casavant . . . . . . . . .5 2010 Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Records, Awards and Honors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Katelyn Eberhardt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Caitlin Standifer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Kimberly Muldowney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Nicole Muldowney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Courtney Bishop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Jessica Duble/Shannon Titus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Hannah Cavicchio/Mia Elbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Ashley Linder/Dana Veen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Belmont University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 University President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Director of Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Academics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Strength and Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Sports Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Atlantic Sun Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Nashville, Tennessee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

MEDIA INFORMATION Director of Media Relations: . . . . . . . . . . . . .Greg Sage Office Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .615-460-6698 Media Relations Fax: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .615-460-5584 Cross Country Contact: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dan Forcella Email: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .dan.forcella@belmont.edu Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207-650-6790 Address: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1900 Belmont Boulevard Nashville, TN 37212 Website: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.belmontbruins.com Twitter: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .@BelmontXCTF

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SCHEDULE/ROSTER MEDIA INFORMATION INTERVIEWS Interviews with Belmont runners and coaches can be arranged by calling Dan Forcella at 207-650-6790 or by email at dan.forcella@belmont.edu. Runners and coaches are available before and after most practices, so please let us know in advance that you are coming, and we will help facilitate the interview. Runner interviews are not allowed prior to the start of any race. Do not contact student-athletes personally.

NAME Courtney Bishop Hannah Cavicchio Jessica Duble Katelyn Eberhardt Mia Elbon Ashley Linder Kimberly Muldowney Nicole Muldowney Caitlin Standifer Shannon Titus Dana Veen

CLASS Junior RS Senior Junior Senior Freshman Freshman RS Junior RS Junior Senior RS Junior Freshman

LOCATION Nashville, Tenn. Nashville, Tenn. TBA TBA Nashville, Tenn. Tuscaloosa, Ala. HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOL) Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy) Grand Rapids, Mich. (Grand Valley State) Lookout Mountian, Ga. (Chattanooga Christian) Mishawaka, Ind. (Mishawaka HS) Nashville, Tenn. Mission Viejo, Calif. (Trabuco Hills HS) Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS) Hoover, Ala. (Hoover HS) Plano, Texas (Plano West) Bowling Green, Ohio (Bowling Green HS) Grand Rapids, Mich. (Grand Rapids Christian)

COACHING STAFF Head Coach: Seth Sheridan (Belmont, 1992) Graduate Assistant Coach: Ashley Casavant (Michigan State, 2010)

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MEDIA RELATIONS STAFF Greg Sage Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting office: 615-460-6698 greg.sage@belmont.edu -Men s Basketball Kenisha Rhone Director of Media Relations, Women s Sports office: 615-460-5990 kenisha.rhone@belmont.edu -WBB, Women s Soccer, Track & Field

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2011 ROSTER

EVENT Belmont Opener Commodore Classic TBA TBA A-Sun Championships NCAA South Regional

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DATE 9/2 9/17 10/1 10/16 10/29 11/12

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2011 SCHEDULE

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First Row (L to R): Kimberly Muldowney, Shannon Titus, Nicole Muldowney, Katelyn Eberhardt. Second Row (L to R): Ashley Linder, Jessica Duble, Dana Veen, Mia Elbon. Third Row (L to R): Courtney Bishop, Caitlin Standifer, Graduate Assistant Coach Ashley Casavant, Head Coach Seth Sheridan.

ONLINE RESOURCES belmontbruins.com: The official website of Belmont University athletics. atlanticsun.org: The official website of the Atlantic Sun Conference. ASun.TV: Source for live video webcasts for all 11 A-Sun schools. Membership basis, with limited free content. ncaa.com: The official website of the NCAA. twitter.com/BelmontXCTF: Belmont cross country and track & field s official Twitter page, featuring exclusive updates throughout the season.

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POST RACE INTERVIEW POLICIES For all home and away meets, Belmont runners and coaches will be available for post-race interviews approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of the race. Opponent interview policy will be determined by the visiting SID.

John Langdon Media Relations Assistant office: 615-460-5609 john.langdon@belmont.edu -Golf, Tennis Dan Forcella (XC Contact) Graduate Assistant cell: 207-650-6790 dan.forcella@belmont.edu -Men s Soccer, Cross Country, Baseball Megan Wilson Graduate Assistant office: 615-460-8023 megan.wilson@belmont.edu -Volleyball, Softball

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COACHING STAFF

Seth S h e r i d a n

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Head Coach 15th Year Belmont, 1992 Seth Sheridan is entering his 15th year as the head coach of the Belmont women’s cross country and track and field programs. Sheridan has brought much attention to Belmont’s cross country program, through sustained excellence on the running course and in the classroom. Eight times Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year, Sheridan has directed the Bruins to seven conference cross country championships in the program’s nine year history in the league. This past fall, Sheridan s Bruins placed fifth at the Atlantic Sun Championships. Sophomore Nicole Muldowney earned All-Conference honors, extending the Bruins’ staggering total of all-league performers to 31 since joining the A-Sun in 2001. In 2009, senior Brittany Thune defended her Atlantic Sun Conference Individual Title and status as league Runner of the Year. Thune also was named to the USTFCCCA All-South Region Team, the 12th time since 1999 a Bruin female runner as been so honored.

the 2000 NCAA Cross Country Championship. Weaver paced three Bruins earning All-Conference honors, joined by Brittany Thune and Elizabeth Smothers.

participated in the 2007 NCAA Regional meet in Columbia, Mo. - Lynette Rives, Lizz Pollock, Jessica Giles, Khalia Turner and Christa Coppin. School and conference records continue to fall daily.

The program’s success has also permeated into unparalleled national academic distinction. Lauren Williams-Weaver was named to the 2007 NCAA Division I U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) AllAcademic team. Furthermore, Belmont’s team GPA ranked in the Top 10 nationally a remarkable nine consecutive years, including leading the nation in 1999 and 2001. The Bruins’ team GPA of 3.77 in 2007 ranked second nationally. All told, a Belmont runner has received Academic All-Conference honors 102 times since 2001. In other words, roughly 94 percent of Sheridan’s runners since joining the Atlantic Sun Conference have held a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Prior to coming to Belmont, Sheridan served on the track coaching staff at Nashville’s Montgomery Bell Academy in 1996. From 1993-1994 Sheridan was an assistant coach for Elvis Ford at Austin Peay State University. While at Peay, he was instrumental in the development of the distance runners. Before his stint in Clarksville, he served as the boys’ track coach at the University School of Nashville in 1993.

His track and field teams have also taken overwhelming strides. The Bruins finished a strong second place in the ASun Championships in 2007 and 2008. Moreover, a record five student-athletes

A native of Mansfield, Pa., Sheridan was an all-district performer and two-time national qualifier during his collegiate career at Belmont. He is married to the former Beth Tallent, a former AllAmerican runner at Vanderbilt University. The couple has two sons, Brennen and Brooks. The Sheridans reside near Franklin, Tennessee.

Moreover, Thune was showered with academic honors. Among her numerous awards, Thune was named A-Sun AllAcademic, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, Academic AllDistrict, Atlantic Sun Female StudentAthlete of the Year, Belmont University Presidential Scholar of the Year and the fifth Belmont student-athlete inprogram history to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. In 2007, Lauren Williams Weaver became the first Bruin to win the A-Sun Individual title and Runner of the Year honors in consecutive years. Weaver went on to finish fifth at the NCAA South Region meet and 45th at Nationals - the best-ever performance by a Bruin runner, eclipsing Keely Weaver who qualified for

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COACHING STAFF

Ashley C a s av a n t Graduate Assistant Coach Second Year Michigan State, 2010

Ashley Casavant will begin her second year as a graduate assistant coach with Belmont women’s cross country and track program in 2011.

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Casvant is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. While in East Lansing, Casvant was a four-year letterwinner for the Spartans in cross country and track, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors all four years.

A native of Indianapolis, Ind. and a graduate of Cathedral High School, Casavant is pursuing a master’s degree in Sport Administration at Belmont.

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2010 RESULTS

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Belmont-Vanderbilt Opener - 4K Host: Belmont University Nashville, Tenn. (Percy Warner Park) September 3, 2010 Team Results 1. Vanderbilt 2. Western Kentucky 3. Alabama 4. Lipscomb 5. Belmont 5. Middle Tennessee 7. Tennessee 8. Memphis 9. Austin Peay 10. UT Martin 11. Bethel 12. Trevecca Nazarene Individual Results 14. Nicole Muldowney 25. Katelyn Eberhardt 26. Kimberly Muldowney 51. Courtney Bishop 52. Jessica Duble 53. Kara Sephel 71. Erin Mankin

Time 14:51.79 15:17.35 15:19.78 15:45.31 15:45.72 15:47.44 16:10.01

Points 13 24 25 38 39 -

Commodore Classic - 5K Host: Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tenn. (Percy Warner Park) September 18, 2010 Team Results 1. Vanderbilt 2. Lipscomb 3. Chattanooga 4. Belmont 5. Middle Tennessee 6. Tennessee 7. Rhodes 8. Union (Tenn.) 9. Murray State 10. SE Missouri 11. Blue Mountain 12. University of the South 13. Tennessee State 14. Bethel (Tenn.) 15. Freed-Hardeman 16. Trevecca Nazarene Individual Results 7. Nicole Muldowney 16. Kimberly Muldowney 29. Katelyn Eberhardt 34. Jessica Duble 35. Kara Sephel 53. Courtney Bishop 64. Erin Mankin

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Points 27 59 65 87 139 139 201 245 268 297 350 384

Points 21 54 97 113 136 177 192 233 241 281 318 323 389 442 458 480 Time 18:29.29 18:57.17 19:23.41 19:35.93 19:37.56 20:04.30 20:22.68

Points 7 16 27 31 32 -

Southeast Cross Country Showdown - 5K Host: Samford University Hoover, Ala. (Veterans Park) October 9, 2010 Team Results 1. Alabama- Birmingham 2. Samford 3. Belmont 4. Kennesaw State 5. Birmingham Southern Individual Results 7. Nicole Muldowney 11. Kimberly Muldowney 17. Courtney Bishop 19. Katelyn Eberhardt 20. Kara Sephel 27. Erin Makin

Points 29 42 68 97 122 Time 18:57.11 19:09.08 19:40.78 20:05.99 20:08.13 20:31.90

Points 7 11 15 17 18 -

Fast Cats Classic - 5K Host: Daviess County Owensboro, Ky. (Yellow Creek Park) October 16, 2010 Team Results 1. Southern Indiana 2. Belmont 3. Campbellesville 4. Austin Peay 5. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods 6. Kentucky Weslyan 7. McKendree 8. Brescia Individual Results 1. Nicole Muldowney 2. Kimberly Muldowney 10. Kara Sephel 11. Courtney Bishop 13. Katelyn Eberhardt 22. Erin Mankin

Points 25 37 104 108 133 168 179 192 Time 18:21.71 18:23.00 19:02.27 19:06.08 19:13.63 19:46.55

Points 1 2 10 11 13 -

Atlantic Sun Championships - 5K Host: USC Upstate Spartanburg, S.C. (Milliken Research Park) October 30, 2010 Team Results 1. North Florida 2. Lipscomb 3. Jacksonville 4. USC Upstate 5. Belmont 6. Florida Gulf Coast 7. Mercer 8. Campbell 9. Kennesaw State 10. ETSU 11. Stetson

Individual Results 8. Nicole Muldowney 17. Kimberly Muldowney 21. Katelyn Eberhardt 31. Courtney Bishop 34. Kara Sephel 46. Erin Mankin

Time 18:00.41 18:18.84 18:33.34 18:46.56 18:56.62 19:24.12

Points 8 17 21 31 33 -

NCAA South Regional - 6K Host: Samford Hoover, Ala. (Veterans Park) November 13, 2010 Team Results 1. Florida State 2. Florida 3. Vanderbilt 4. Georgia 5. Mississippi State 6. UAB 7. Alabama 8. Mississippi 9. Lipscomb 10. Samford 11. North Florida 12. Chattanooga 13. Florida Atlantic 14. South Florida 15. Georgia Tech 16. Belmont 17. Miami 18. Tennessee 19. Georgia State 20. Jacksonville State 21. Mercer 22. Memphis 23. South Alabama 24. Central Florida 25. Tennessee Tech Individual Results 54. Kimberly Muldowney 55. Nicole Muldowney 96. Courtney Bishop 113. Kara Sephel 140. Katelyn Eberhardt 159. Erin Mankin

Points 24 67 102 137 196 206 239 270 283 294 302 330 337 352 353 423 476 489 503 534 580 600 674 729 735 Time 21:45.54 21:46.52 22:31.60 22:49.10 23:24.41 23:55.25

Points 50 51 88 105 129 -

Points 55 73 96 108 110 158 172 174 217 261 314

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AWARDS AND HONORS

RECORDS 5K Race Keely Weaver

Auburn Invitational, 2001

6K Race Keely Weaver

NCAA South Regional, 2000

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2002: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 runners Sarah Damen FIRST TEAM Margaret Elliott FIRST TEAM Christy Csorna SECOND TEAM Kristin Furman SECOND TEAM

NCAA Championship Qualifier Keely Weaver 50th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2000 Lauren Williams Weaver 45th . . . . . . . . . . . . .2007 All-South Region Christy Csorna . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1999, 00, 02, 03 Sarah Damen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2002 Margaret Elliott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001 Brittany Thune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2009 Keely Weaver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1999, 00, 01 Lauren Williams Weaver . . . . . . . . . . . . .2006, 07

Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team 2006: Brittany Thune 2005: Laura Kaplan 2004: Lauren Williams, Sherri Bissing, Elizabeth Smothers 2003: Lisa Crampton, Anna Giles 2001: Kelsey Reed, Sarah Damen

Atlantic Sun Conference Championships (7) 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008

Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year Brittany Thune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2006 Lauren Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2004 Lisa Crampton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2003 Kelsey Reed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001

2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 runner Brittany Thune FIRST TEAM

2006: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 runners Lauren Williams FIRST TEAM Elizabeth Smothers FIRST TEAM Whitney Thurman SECOND TEAM Brittany Thune SECOND TEAM 2005: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 runners Lauren Williams FIRST TEAM Elizabeth Smothers SECOND TEAM 2004: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 runners Elizabeth Benson FIRST TEAM Lauren Williams FIRST TEAM Sherri Bissing SECOND TEAM Elizabeth Smothers SECOND TEAM 2003: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 runners Christy Csorna FIRST TEAM Elizabeth Benson SECOND TEAM Lisa Crampton SECOND TEAM Anna Giles SECOND TEAM

Atlantic Sun Student-Athlete of the Year Brittany Thune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2009-10 Atlantic Sun Postgraduate Scholarship Brittany Thune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2009-10 Atlantic Sun All-Academic Aubrey Alexander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2007 Elizabeth Benson . . . . . . . . . .2001, 02, 03, 04, 05 Courtney Bishop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2009, 10 Katie Chinn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001, 02, 03, 04 Lisa Crampton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2003, 04 Christy Csorna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2003 Sarah Damen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2002, 03, 04 Fallon Dickens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2009 Jessica Duble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2009, 10 Katelyn Eberhardt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2009, 10 Margaret Elliott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001, 02 Kristin Furman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001, 02, 03, 04 Anna Giles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2003 Lindsay Honea . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2002, 03, 04, 05 Christi Beth Johnston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001 Constance Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001, 02 Courtney Laughead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001, 02 Ashley Lofton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2005 Erin Mankin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2007, 09, 10 Kristin McKnight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2003 Allison Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001 Kimberly Muldowney . . . . . . . . . . . . .2008, 09, 10 Nicole Muldowney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2008, 09, 10 Kelsey Reed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001, 04, 05 Jena Rickards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2008, 09 Lynn Roessner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001, 02, 03 Dominique Roy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2007, 08 Megan Saunders . . . . . . . . . . . . .2004, 05, 06, 07 Mollie Schlarman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2005, 06, 07 Kara Sephel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2007, 08, 09, 10

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Brittany Thune earned a number of conference, regional, and national honors in 2009-10. Emily Sheffer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001 Elizabeth Smothers . . . . . . . . . . .2004, 05, 06, 07 Caitlin Standifer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2009, 10 Abbie Sumrall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2005, 06 Keely Weaver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2001, 02 Lauren Williams . . . . . . . . . .2003, 04, 05, 06, 07 Brittany Thune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2006, 07, 08, 09 Shannon Titus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2008, 09, 10 Whitney Thurman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2006

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2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 runners Lauren Williams Weaver FIRST TEAM Brittany Thune FIRST TEAM Elizabeth Smothers FIRST TEAM

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Brittany Thune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2009-10

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2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 runners Brittany Thune FIRST TEAM Kara Sephel SECOND TEAM Nicole Muldowney FIRST TEAM

ESPN The Magazine CoSida Academic All-District Mollie Schlarman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2008-09 Elizabeth Smothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2007-08 Brittany Thune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2009-10 Lauren Williams Weaver . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2007-08

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Atlantic Sun All-Conference Honors 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 runner Nicole Muldowney SECOND TEAM

ESPN The Magazine CoSida Academic All-America Brittany Thune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2009-10

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Atlantic Sun Runner of the Year Brittany Thune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2008, 09 Lauren Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2007

Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year Seth Sheridan . . . . .01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08

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USTFCCCA South Region Poll - Final Ranking 2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4th 2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5th 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9th 2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12th 2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15th 2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9th 2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10th 2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9th 2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14th 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13th

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2001: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 runners Margaret Elliott FIRST TEAM Keely Weaver FIRST TEAM Sarah Damen SECOND TEAM Allison Mills SECOND TEAM Kelsey Reed SECOND TEAM

WICCA Division I Academic All-American Team (Team GPA Rankings) 1999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1st 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3rd 2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1st 2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8th 2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10th 2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3rd 2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6th 2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2nd 2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2nd (USTFCCCA took over the Team Academic Awards in 2008)

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STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES

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Personal Records 4K: 15:17 5K: 18:33 6K: 23:24

2010: Competed in all six meets Best 5K time of the season was 18:33.34, placing 21st at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships Highest finish of the season was 13th, crossing the line in 19:13.63 at the Fast Cats Classic (5K) Also placed 25th in a time of 15:17.35 at the Belmont-Vanderbilt Opener (4K) Ran at the NCAA South Regional, finishing the 6K course in 23:24.41 to take 140th Earned Atlantic Sun All-Academic honors. 2009: Academic All-Conference ... Participated in four of six races ... 67th at Evansville Invitational (5K) ... 70th at Belmont Opener (4K) ... 93rd at Crimson Classic (5K) ... Also ran Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic (5K). 2008: Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team ... Academic All-Conference ... Participated in all six races ... Ran season-best time of 18:55.33 at the Atlantic Sun Championships (11/1) to finish 19th ... 6K time of 24:39.70 at NCAA South Regional (11/15). Prior to Belmont: Standout performer at Mishawaka High for coach Chris Kowaleski ... Three-time First Team All-Conference N.I.C. ... Indiana State Qualifier in cross country ... Also State Qualifier in outdoor track events, 3200m and 4 x 800m relay ... Two-time conference champion in 3200m ... Part of high school record-setting 4 x 800m relay team ... Earned Frank M. Steele Mental Attitude Award. Personal: Exercise Science major ... Three siblings; Mary Beth, Christopher, and Ryan ... Daughter of Thomas and Christine Eberhardt ... Born March 16, 1990 in South Bend, Ind.

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Caitlin S t a n d i f e r Senior Plano,Texas Plano West High

Personal Records 4K: 14:49 5K: 18:25 6K: 22:31

2010: Competed in one meet, before getting injured ... Earned Atlantic Sun All-Academic honors.

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Kimberly M u l d ow n e y

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Personal Records 4K: 15:19 5K: 18:18 6K: 21:45

2010: Competed in all six meets ... Led Belmont at the NCAA South Regional with a 54th place finish, crossing the line in 21:45.54 (6K) ... Best 5K time of the season was 18:18.84, taking 17th at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships ... Top overall finish was second place, recording a time of 18:23.00 at the Fast Cats Classic (5K) ... Finished in the Top 30 in every meet except the NCAA Regional ... Earned Atlantic Sun All-Academic honors. 2009: Academic All-Conference ... Participated in all six races ... Two Top 25 finishes ... 14th at Evansville Invitational (5K) ... 25th at Atlantic Sun Championships (5K) in season-best time of 18:57 ... 50th in Crimson Classic (5K) in time of 19:50 ... 51st at Belmont Opener (4K) ... 99th at NCAA South Regional Qualifier (6K) at the Univ. of Alabama ... Ran Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic (5K) in time of 19:32.36. 2008: Academic All-Conference ... Participated in just one race due to injury ... Recorded a 4K time of 16:03.50 at Belmont Opener (9/5). Prior to Belmont: A highly-decorated runner from Hoover High program for coach Devon Hind ... Fourtime Alabama All-State in Cross Country ... Fourtime All-Metro ... 2006 All-South selection ... Member of 2006 Alabama 6A High School State Champions in Indoor Track ... Also three-time State Runner-up in Cross Country ... Two-time State Runner-up in Indoor Track and 2005 State Runner-up in Outdoor Track ... Holds school record in Indoor 800m at 2:22.20 ... Also part of school record relay teams in Indoor 4 x 800, Outdoor 4 x 1600m, and Outdoor Distance Medley ... Four-time letterwinner. Personal: Born June 13, 1990 in Staten Island, New York ... Daughter of Ken and Teresa Muldowney ... Runs with twin sister, Nicole, at Belmont and has another sister, Michelle ... Majoring in Mathematics.

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Nicole M u l d ow n e y RS Junior Hoover, Alabama Hoover High

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Personal Records 4K: 14:51 5K: 18:00 6K: 21:46

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2008: A-Sun All-Freshman team ... All-Conference Second Team ... Academic All-Conference ... Participated in all six races as a freshman ... Recorded 5K personal-record of 18:37.25 to place 13th at the A-Sun Championships (11/1) ... Finished 76th out of 156 runners at NCAA South Regional (11/15) with a 6K time of 23:15.53 ... Ran 19:05.11 at the Evansville Invitational to finish 42nd.

Personal: Born June 13, 1990 in Staten Island, New York ... Daughter of Ken and Teresa Muldowney ... Runs with twin sister, Kimberly, at Belmont and has another sister, Michelle ... Majoring in mathematics ... Eight high school teammates running collegiately.

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STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES

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Personal Records 4K: 15:45 5K: 18:46 6K: 22:31

2010: Ran in all six meets Recorded best 5K time of 18:46.56, placing 31st at Atlantic Sun Conference Championships Best overall finish was 11th, crossing the line in 19:06.08 at the Fast Cats Classic (5K) Also placed 51st with a time of 15:45.31 in the season-opener hosted by Belmont and Vanderbilt (4K) Was the third Bruin to finish at the NCAA South Regional, taking 96th with a time of 22:31.60 (6K) Earned Atlantic Sun All-Academic honors. 2009: Academic All-Conference ... Ran in all six meets ... Three Top 40 and four Top 50 finishes ... 13th out of 113 at Evansville Invitational (5K) ... 35th out of 116 and team high finisher at Crimson Classic (5K) ... 40th at Atlantic Sun Championships (5K) ... 43rd at Belmont Opener (4K) ... 98th out of 291 at Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic (5K) in season-best time of 19:09.96 ... Ran at NCAA South Regional Qualifier at Univ. of Alabama (6K). Prior to Belmont: Led Brentwood Academy to a second-place team finish in the 2008 Cross Country State Championship ... A four-time All Mid-State selection ... Earned All-State track honors in 2009 ... Cross country team captain junior and senior years ... Qualified for the cross country state meet all four years ... Finished second at the state cross country meet as a senior ... Coached by Cathy Cheesema. Personal: Courtney Mae Bishop ... Born May 20, 1990 in Pensacola, Fla. ... Parents are Robert and Annette Bishop ... Mother graduated from Belmont in 1982 ... Father is a family practice M.D. ... Uncle, Rob Parrish, also graduated from Belmont ... Has an older sister, Brooke, and a younger sister, Grace ... Major is Spanish.

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Jessica D u b l e Junior Lookout Mountain, Georgia Chattanooga Christian

Personal Records 4K: 15:45 5K: 19:35 6K: N/A

2010: Ran in the first two meets of the season Placed 52nd at the Belmont-Vanderbilt Opener with a time of 15:45.72 (4K) Crossed the line in 19:35.93 to take 34th place at the Commodore Classic (5K) Earned Atlantic Sun All-Academic honors.

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Prior to Belmont: Prepped at Chattanooga Christian School under head coach Mike Fingerle ... Graduated from CCS holding three records in cross country and track ... 5K record of 18:47 ... 3200m record of 11:18 ... 1600m record of 5:14 ... Named cross country team MVP all four years and track MVP two years ... Three-time All-State selection ... A three-time TSSAA Class A-AA State Champion ... Captured first cross country state title as a sophomore with a 5K time of 19:31 ... Repeated as a junior with a time of 18:59 ... Also won the 1600m state championship on the track as a junior with a time of 5:14.

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2009: Academic All-Conference ... Ran in four of six meets ... 37th out of 113 at Evansville Invitational (5K) ... 60th at Belmont Opener (4K) ... 61st out of 116 at Crimson Classic (5K) in season-best time of 20:13.10 ... Ran Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic (5).

2010: Did not compete in any meets ... Earned Atlantic Sun All-Academic honors. 2009: Academic All-Conference ... Redshirt. 2008: Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team ... Academic All-Conference ... Participated in all six races ... Placed 18th at the A-Sun Championships (11/1) with a 5K personal-record of 18:54.28 ... Recorded a 6K time of 23:34.87 at NCAA South Regional (11/15) as the third-highest placed Bruin ... Finished 44th out of 188 runners at the Evansville Invitational (10/18) with time of 19:06.12. Prior to Belmont: Decorated product of tradition-rich Bowling Green HS program for coach Brian Tucker ... Four-time Ohio State Cross Championships Qualifier ... Member of two Ohio State Cross Country Team Championships at BGHS ... Personal-best time of 18:44 in the 5K senior year ... Attended Nike Team Nationals. Personal: Born March 8, 1990 in State College, Pa. ... Sister, Christy, is a runner at Boston College ... Has two other siblings, Ben and Kelly ... Daughter of Phil and Jeanne Titus ... Majoring in English and social entrepreneurship.

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STUDENT-ATHLETE PROFILES

Hannah C av i c c h i o RS Senior Grand Rapids, Michigan Grand Valley State

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Ashley L i n d e r Freshman Mission Viejo, California Trabuco Hills High Prior to Belmont: Ran cross country and track at Trabuco Hills High under Coach Dennis Kelly ... Recorded personal records of 5:18 for the mile, 11:14 for the two mile, and 18:06 for three mile.

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BELMONT UNIVERSITY

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In the mid-1800s, Belmont University s campus was known as Adelicia Acklen s Belle Monte estate. The antebellum mansion remains today, flanked by university buildings separated in age by more than a century. The first educational institution on the estate was the original Belmont College (1890-1913), offering elementary school through junior college education to young ladies. The school merged with Ward Seminary to become the prestigious WardBelmont School for Women (19131951) and in 1951, became the coed Belmont College. In 1991, the college became Belmont University, and this year, began the 122nd year of higher education on this site. Belmont continually reflects its rich heritage as it excels in academics. For 2011, U.S. News & World Report placed Belmont University at No. 5 in the Best Regional Universities South category. Perhaps even more notable than the top five ranking, Belmont has stood out for three consecutive years as one of U.S. News & World Report s most cited Schools to Watch in the nation. Belmont s vision is to be a premier teaching university bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. Belmont strives to

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empower men and women from diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith. Believing that every student is created for a purpose in life, Belmont encourages students to explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world s needs. Belmont s boundaries continue to extend beyond the Nashville campus through its Cool Springs campus south of Nashville and organized programs such as the Washington Center program and music business Belmont West in Los Angeles and Belmont East in New York City. Study-abroad programs place students in China, Costa Rica, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, South Africa and Spain. Belmont also serves as a regional site of the East-West Center for the Development of Asian Studies. Vital to the Belmont student experience are service learning, volunteerism and mission projects that invest in surrounding communities. Through the efforts of students and faculty, Belmont has touched lives in Nashville s charitable organizations, its growing Hispanic community, area tutoring programs, neighboring businesses and mentoring programs, as well as inner-city and overseas mission projects, including

trips to the Appalachian Mountains and the Ukraine. Among its student body of more than 6,374, are students from every state and more than 29 countries. In addition to seven baccalaureate degrees in over 75 areas of study, Belmont offers master s degrees in Business Administration, Accountancy, English, Education, Sport Administration, Music, Nursing and Occupational Therapy, and doctorates in Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Law. Under the leadership of President Robert Fisher, Belmont celebrates more than a century of an accomplished academic heritage and commitment to educational innovation. Notably, Belmont has earned the Atlantic Sun Academic Champion Trophy eight of the last 10 years. Moreover, Belmont has recently opened several impressive new facilities on campus, including McWhorter Hall and two new freshmen residences Patton Hall and Bear House. Still, one of Belmont s biggest achievements came in 2008 with the hosting of the Town Hall Presidential Debate, the first presidential debate to be held in Tennessee. Belmont s remarkable growth and achievement certainly give credence to its theme, From Here to Anywhere!

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UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT

Dr. Robert F i s h e r President - 12th Year at Belmont

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Enrollment is up 81 percent since Fall 2000. The overwhelming progress is the latest validation that Belmont University has the right vision for its future," said Dr. Robert Fisher, president of the university. "Belmont University is on a roll. The abilities of our incoming freshmen and our rapidly rising enrollment show we are on the right track."

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features a collection of lessons learned from interviews with 104 terminally ill patients of Alive Hospice in Nashville. Dr. Fisher previously co-authored Real Dream Teams: Seven Practices Used by World-Class Team Leaders to Achieve Extraordinary Results, published by St. Lucie Press, with Belmont’s Vice President of University Advancement Dr. Bo Thomas. Expressing knowledge gained from his business degrees and management positions, Dr. Fisher has published numerous articles on management and leadership and has consulted with a wide variety of organizations on human resource and strategic planning issues, including Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Alltel, Arkla Gas and the U.S. Department of Transportation, among others. In 1992, Fisher served in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a Fulbright Scholar, conducting research and consulting with the National Institute of Public Administration. He also provided a keynote address at the Arabian Society for Human Resource Management Conference in Bahrain in 1998. Active in his community, Fisher has served in numerous volunteer roles with such organizations as Alignment Nashville, the Nashville Alliance for Public Education and the PENCIL Foundation, all of which support Nashville’s public schools. He also is a past chair of the Greater Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Nashville, participates in Nashville’s Agenda and is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Nashville. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern Financial Partners, a division of Southern Bancorp, Inc., and is a director for Fifth Third Bank, Tennessee Division. In addition, he is or has been a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Symphony, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Music City Coalition, TICUA, Cumberland Region Tomorrow and the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Married for 40 years, Dr. Fisher and his wife Judy share in their commitment to Belmont University, where Mrs. Fisher provides support through her role as campus-wide coordinator of interior construction and exterior landscaping/lighting. The Fishers are the proud parents of three grown children and have two wonderful sons-in-law, one wonderful daughter-in-law and six perfect grandsons.

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Dr. Robert (Bob) Fisher serves as President of Belmont University, a position he has held since April 2000. During his tenure the University’s enrollment has risen by 81 percent while the campus itself has expanded significantly with the additions of the Curb Event Center and Beaman Student Life Center, the Gordon E. Inman Center, the Troutt Theater complex, McWhorter Hall and several new residence halls and parking garages. Under his leadership Belmont University also broke into the Top 5 for the first time in the Best Regional Universities South category in U.S. News & World Report’s analysis of America’s Best Colleges. Soaring to No. 5 in the 2011 edition, Belmont was also honored for the third year in a row as one of the top schools nationwide for "leading the pack in improvements and innovative changes." Academically, the university has added numerous new interdisciplinary programs in the past decade, including Social Entrepreneurship, New Century Journalism, Pharmacy and, most recently, the Belmont College of Law which will welcome its first class in 2012. In addition, Fisher worked to secure Belmont as the host site for the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate, a historic event broadcast worldwide that also led to Fisher’s selection as 2008 Tennessean of the Year and 2010 Nashvillian of the Year. But Dr. Fisher’s greatest sense of accomplishment comes not from new campus structures, stronger endowments or an everincreasing student population. Rather, he measures achievement through witnessing education’s impact on each individual student. "The student is the focus of all our efforts here at Belmont," Fisher said, "and our top priority is meeting the needs of those students. My life’s mission is to help create experiences that transform people, especially students, in ways that enable them to become all they were created to be." Prior to his appointment at Belmont, Fisher was vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas State University for four years and was dean of the School of Business at Henderson State University, his alma mater, for 10 years. Fisher earned a B.S.B.A. from Henderson State, an M.B.A. from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. In addition to his success as both faculty member and higher education administrator, Fisher is also an accomplished author with his most recent work, Life Is a Gift: Inspiration from the Soon Departed, released in 2008. Co-authored with his wife Judy, Life Is a Gift

VALUES OF BELMONT Integrity Inquiry Collaboration Service Humility

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DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

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Now entering his 16th year as Director of Athletics, Mike Strickland has led Belmont’s Department of Athletics through its infancy stages as a new NCAA Division I program to become one that sees annual success on the field and in the classroom. During his tenure at Belmont, the program has expanded the number of teams it fields, joined the Atlantic Sun Conference, enhanced its facilities, and established a reputation producing winning teams and distinguished student-athletes. Since arriving in Nashville in 1996, Strickland has overseen the inception of six new sports at Belmont: women’s soccer, women’s golf and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. In addition, the University has built the Frances Bond Davis Tennis Courts and the Whitten Soccer Complex, as well the most recent partnership with Metro Parks for athletic fields at Rose Park. This exciting new venture will house Belmont baseball, softball, soccer, and track & field. Two of the most important achievements of his tenure at Belmont are the acceptance of Belmont into the Atlantic Sun Conference and the opening of the Curb Event Center. During his tenure, Strickland has overseen a program expansion from 11 to 17 teams of competition, spearheaded membership into the Atlantic Sun Conference, spurred athletic facility enhancement and forged a reputation of producing winning teams and distinguished student-athletes. In 2008, Belmont became the first school in Atlantic Sun Conference history to represent the league in three consecutive NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships. Adding conference championships in women’s soccer and men s basketball during the past academic year, Belmont Athletics has won a staggering 28 Atlantic Sun Conference Championships since becoming a member institution in 2001-02. In addition, the school has hosted nine conference championships over the past five years, most recently the 2006 A-Sun Volleyball Championship. Strickland has taken a leadership role in the A-Sun serving as chairman of the tournament committee and presently serves as a member of the conference’s membership committee. In addition to the program’s success on the field, his tenure has seen the building of the

exquisite Curb Event Center. The $52 million facility, which opened in the fall of 2003, has become the centerpiece of the athletics program. The complex houses a new 5,000-seat arena for basketball and volleyball, locker rooms for all sports, a training facility and weight room, as well as administrative offices for the Athletic Department. Off the field, the athletic department has made academic achievement the cornerstone of its definition of success. Belmont has won the Atlantic Sun Academic Trophy seven of the past eight years. The Bruins boasted over twothirds of their student athletes with a gradepoint average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale during the past academic year. Belmont is the only school to win the trophy five straight times (2002-2006). Also of significance, Belmont has earned distinction from the NCAA in each of their Academic Progress Rate (APR) reports. Strickland brings varied years of experience to the program, including nine years as athletics director at Murray State University prior to coming to Belmont. While at Murray State, Strickland served on numerous Ohio Valley Conference committees as well as serving on the NCAA I-AA football advisory committee and the NCAA rifle committee. Prior to serving at Murray State, Strickland was an Associate Athletics Director at Wichita State University from 1983-87, where he was responsible for all business operations for the department. Strickland earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia. In June of 2009, Strickland received the Under Armour National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Division I Southeast Region A.D. of the Year Award. Strickland was honored at the annual NACDA convention in Orlando, Fla. Strickland is married to the former Martha Thomas, an English instructor at Nashville State Community College. The couple has two children: Leanna Elizabeth, a graduate student at the University of Tennessee, and Sara Grace, a Belmont University graduate who is married to Jared Vaughn. In his leisure time, Mike enjoys travel, history, and spending time with his family, especially grandson Jacob.

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ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Academic E x c e l l e n c e For the eighth time in its 10-year conference history, Belmont University claimed the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Trophy, the league office announced this past June. All told, 174 out of 228 in-season Belmont student-athletes earned academic honors, giving the university the greatest percentage of All-Academic honorees at 76.3 percent. That figure represents a new single-year program standard for Belmont University Athletics. Belmont posted a 3.318 grade-point average in the 2011 spring semester the highest department GPA since Belmont became an NCAA Division I member institution in 1997 and marking the 27th consecutive semester in which the departmental GPA has exceeded 3.0. Last month, four Belmont teams men s basketball, men s soccer, women s golf, and women s soccer made the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition List, signifying each program ranking in the top 10 percent within their respective sports nationwide for their academic progress rate as determined by the NCAA. In fact, Belmont men s basketball and men s soccer have made the list every year since the APR program s inception in 2006.

We continue to marvel at the vast achievement of our student-athletes, Belmont University Director of Athletics Mike Strickland said. Embodying lofty standards in the classroom while also competing for and winning championships on the field of play is something that merits high praise.

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Renee Schultz enters her seventh year as Academic Coordinator for Belmont’s Department of Athletics. She manages and oversees the extensive academic support programs offered to Belmont student-athletes which include weekly, one-on-one academic counseling sessions for new student-athletes, academic advising and class scheduling, tutoring, team-assigned laptops, and monitoring class performance. She works closely with coaches in the recruitment of prospective student-athleties, serving as the departmental liason for Admissions and meets with prospective student-athletes and their families during their recruiting visit. She also manages the department’s Academic Enhancement Fund. Schultz’s additional duties including managing the student-athlete academic center located within the athletic offices in the Curb Event Center. The academic center provides study tables and computers in a quiet, monitored study environment exclusively for Belmont student-athletes. Schultz earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a M.Ed. in Sports Administration from Belmont University. While at Belmont, she was a part of the Women’s Soccer Program and helped Captain the team in both 1999 and 2001. Schultz served as the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Soccer team from 2003-2004. She serves on various campus committees, including the University Advising Committee, Enrollment Services Committee Extended (ESCX), the Scholarship and Awards Nomination Committee, and the Academic Integrity Review Committee. Schultz also holds memberships in various professional organizations, including N4A (National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics) and NACADA (National Academic Advising Association). A native of University Place, Washington, Schultz currently resides in Nashville with her husband, Donovan and daughter, Brynn.

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In February of this year, men s basketball junior Scott Saunders was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team, marking the 18th time a Belmont student-athlete has received Academic All-America honors. Saunders, teammate Mick Hedgepeth, Brett Parker (men s soccer) and Judah Akers (baseball) also earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.

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Women s cross country posted the department s highest overall team GPA, with an impressive 3.622. Every Bruin team had a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher for the first time since 2008.

Graduate Assistants Nick Raschke - First Year Allie Durben - First Year

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STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

S t r e n g t h and C o n d i t i o n i n g - Three power stations with customized platforms. - Customized dumbbells from 5-to-150 pounds. - A variety of free weight equipment and machines. - A variety of speed, agility, and plyometric equipment.

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"Josh has done a great job as head of our strength program here at Belmont," said Mike Strickland, Belmont’s Director of Athletics. "He is a great asset to our program and contributes greatly in developing our student-athletes."

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Josh McMillian begins his fourth season as the head of Belmont’s Strength & Conditioning program.

Strength and Conditioning Mission By means of teamwork, experience, current research, and education, the staff of the Belmont Athletic Department challenges each athlete in order for them to participate at the highest level of competition. In order to promote a positive atmosphere, the strength and conditioning staff provide the athlete with a safe, clean, professional environment. We strive to challenge our athletes by way of free weights, multijoint exercises, and multiple sets. While keeping the athlete’s sport in mind, we individualize the programs as much as possible, focusing on weaknesses in order to prevent injuries and help them stay as competitive as possible for as long as possible.

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The native of St. Peter’s, Missouri is a 2003 graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education/Health. While at Lindenwood, Josh lettered in track and field and was a two-time NAIA National Qualifier in indoor and outdoor track. He earned his Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Belmont in 2005. In addition, Josh is certified CSCS, USAW Level 1, and USATF Level 2 (Throws, Jumps, and Multi-Events). Josh and his wife Erin reside in Nashville. They have one daughter, Elizabeth, who turned two in November of 2010.

Graduate Assistants Stephanie Cushing - Second Year Rachel Barnette - First Year Adam Parsons - First Year

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SPORTS MEDICINE

Sports M e d i c i n e The Belmont athletic training department is housed in an 1,860 square foot state-of-theart modern, athletic training facility. The facility is equipped with a hydroroom, taping area, treatment and rehabilitation area as well as a doctor s office. Servicing 200 over athletes participating in 17 Division I varsity sports, the facility is staffed by five National Athletic Training Association Certified Athletic Trainers.

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Two whirlpools Separate doctors office Separate rehabilitation area Five training tables

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Mission Statement The Belmont Athletic training staff is primarily responsible for the delivery of quality healthcare to all student athletes participating in intercollegiate athletic programs at Belmont University. This care will be provided by the guidelines of the NATA through prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses sustained during any practice or game. SERVICES PROVIDED BY VANDERBILT SPORTS MEDICINE

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Malloy is a graduate of Penn State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sports science/athletic training. He then continued his education at University of Pittsburgh, graduating with a master’s in exercise physiology/athletic training.

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Among his many duties as supervisor of the Belmont athletic training staff, Malloy oversees injury maintenance and rehabilitation for men’s basketball, men’s cross country, and men’s track.

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Paul Malloy is in his 11th season as the head athletic trainer for Belmont University.

Paul also has previous experience as an athletic trainer for NFL Europe. Malloy is a longtime fan of the six-time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. ATHLETIC TRAINING DIRECTORY Paul Malloy - Head Athletic Trainer Men s Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field Kim Anderson - Asst. Athletic Trainer Women s Basketball, Cheerleading Kelly Bachus - Asst. Athletic Trainer Volleyball

Jon DeMarie - Asst. Athletic Trainer Baseball

LeighAnne Schilchte - Graduate Assistant Softball

Tim Lee - Asst. Athletic Trainer Men s Soccer, Golf

Michael Stevens - Graduate Assistant Cross Country, Track and Field

Megan Goerlinger - Asst. Athletic Trainer Women s Soccer, Tennis

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For more than 30 years, the Atlantic Sun Conference has supported its member institutions in providing intercollegiate athletics programs committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets this mission by maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. By integrating sportsmanship in the competitive arena and fostering leadership through community service, A-Sun member institutions provide an overall educational experience for our student-athletes that reflects our commitment to and success in Building Winners for Life. BUILDING Atlantic Sun student-athletes set a new all-time record with 63.79 percent earning All-Academic honors by achieving at least a 3.0 GPA during their season of competition last year. The A-Sun led all of Division I last year as the NCAA s top academic women s soccer conference; nine of 11 teams received national honors from the NSCAA for posting a team GPA of 3.0 or better, the highest percentage in the country. ETSU baseball standout Paul Hoilman won his second-straight A-Sun Student-Athlete of the Year award becoming just the fourth person in A-Sun history to accomplish that feat. The 2010 National College Home Run Derby Champion posted a 3.95 GPA in math and was named a Lowe s CLASS National finalist. Belmont s Mick Hedgepeth was named the 2010-11 NACDA Division I-AAA Scholar Athlete of the Year. Kennesaw State s Ben Greene earned the NCAA Elite-88 honor for having the best GPA among participants in the NCAA men s golf national championship. WINNERS The A-Sun set multiple records for postseason participation in men s basketball and finished ranked 17th in conference RPI, leading all but the ACC, SEC and Conference USA among nine southeastern Division I conferences. A conference record three teams reached postseason play; the A-Sun earned three postseason wins, and hosted three postseason games with ETSU reaching the semifinals of the CIT and Jacksonville notching a postseason win for the second-straight year (2010 NIT, 2011 CIT). A record-setting three A-Sun teams advanced to postseason play in women s basketball (Stetson/NCAA; FGCU/WNIT; USC Upstate/WBI), with FGCU playing in the postseason for the fourthconsecutive year at Division I; the Eagles posted their third national postseason victory in that span with a win in the WNIT last year. The A-Sun earned national distinction in women s basketball as one of only two Division I conferences to receive a grant from the NCAA to promote attendance nationally for women s basketball league attendance jumped more than 15%; the A-Sun also part-

nered with CollegeInsider.com to present the first national poll in women s basketball for mid-major programs a poll that showed FGCU in a top-ten ranking all year long. A-Sun Baseball returned to a familiar lofty position on the national stage last year. The A-Sun was a top-ten conference all year, with Stetson, Belmont and Jacksonville playing in the NCAA Championship; each A-Sun team had at least one win, with Stetson and Belmont reaching the regional finals, giving the A-Sun five wins in the national tournament, tops among non-BCS conferences. Jacksonville s Adam Brett Walker, ETSU s Bo Reeder and Mercer s Jacob Tanis earned All-American honors. Softball continued to impact the national rankings and tournaments as the A-Sun ranked in the top-12 conferences nationally for the fourth-straight year; the A-Sun boasted five teams in the RPI top-100. National success for the A-Sun in men s golf success has become an annual achievement as the A-Sun sent multiple teams to the NCAA Championship for the eighth time in nine years; AllAmerican Jeff Karlsson helped Kennesaw State finished third at the NCAA Southeastern Regional last year, the best regional finish ever for an A-Sun team. The Owls advanced to nationals, the seventh time in eight years an A-Sun team has advanced through regionals into the finals. The A-Sun posted the nation s best increase in men s soccer ranking last year. Four programs improved nearly 100 spots in the NCAA RPI rankings with FGCU nationally ranked in the Top 25 for the majority of the year. FOR LIFE! Federal Graduation Rate and NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) reports show the A-Sun meeting its mission of Building Winners for Life as 32 programs boast a perfect 100% success rate. Three A-Sun schools, North Florida, Lipscomb and Belmont, received Community Engagement recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for exceptional commitment to community service. The Tennessean tabbed Lipscomb graduate Beth Harwell, the state s first female Speaker of the House, as Tennessee s Most Powerful Woman. The A-Sun SAAC surpassed the $100,000 mark for charitable fund raising, reaching $103,000 in the seven-year history of the charitable challenge. The A-Sun claimed the Southeast D-I Athletic Director of the Year honor for the third-straight year, as Stetson s Jeff Altier followed ETSU s Dave Mullins and Belmont s Mike Strickland in earning that distinction. Lipscomb basketball player Jenna Bartsokas earned post-graduate scholarships from both the A-Sun and the NCAA as she claimed the A-Sun Student-Athlete of the Year honor and was named a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Three A-Sun institutions earned Top-10 rankings in U.S. News & World Report s annual rankings of the best regional universities in the southeast. Stetson at No. 3, Belmont at No. 5, and Mercer at No. 8 each earned top marks. The Princeton Review recognized ETSU, Mercer, North Florida and Belmont in its list of the Best Colleges in the southeast. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

Nashville - M u s i c C i t y Nashville is home to many major sporting events and teams including the NFL s Tennessee Titians, the NHL s Nashville Predators, Milwaukee Brewer s AAA baseball franchise, the Sommet Center -- a regular site for NCAA basketball -- and NASCAR at the Nashville Superspeedway.

The Capital of Tennessee since 1843, Nashville s government, financial and medical hub make it the Hottest City in America for Relocation and Expansion (Expansion Management).

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Belmont is one of four NCAA Division I campuses in Nashville, and among 14 other area universities.

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Music City pays homeage to the city s rich musical heritage and active industry. Athens of the South recognizes dedication to fine arts and higher education.

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A city of hardwood forests, rolling hills, huge parks and historic villages, Nashville ranks among the nation s best places to live with 1.5 million residents in a 13 county area.

Belmont is centrally located with the Nashville International Airport minutes from campus and just a 3-to-5 hour drive from St. Louis, Memphis, Louisville, or Atlanta.

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Belmont Women's Cross Country 2011 Media Guide