Sports in Brief: December 2

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December 2, 2008

12:11 AM

Men’s Football: Grimes garners CAA offensive rookie of the year

Do-everything freshman running back Jonathan Grimes earned three separate honors from the CAA Nov. 24. Grimes, who led the CAA in all-purpose yards per game, became the fourth Tribe freshman in history to win the CAA’s offensive rookie of the year award. His role as the College’s return-man — he averaged 24.5 yards per return and scored one touchdown — brought him first-team CAA honors as a kick returner. Grimes was also named a second-team all-CAA running back. Junior kicker Brian Pate and junior defensive end Adrian Tracy joined Grimes on the conference’s first-team. Meanwhile, junior tight end Rob Varno and senior cornerback Derek Cox received second-team all-CAA distinctions. The Tribe also garnered three third team all-CAA honors.

Men’s Cross Country: Tribe takes 16th at NCAA Championship meet

With a time of 30.38.1, sophomore Patterson Wilhelm finished 69th to lead the College of William and Mary to a 16th-place finish at the 70th annual NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Fighting wet and cold weather conditions, the Tribe had two other runners finish within the top 100 — junior Jon Grey completed the 10-km race in 78th, while fellow junior Colin Leak finished 94th. The University of Oregon won the event, placing three of its runners in the top 10. Oregon senior Galen Rupp won the race and broke the course record with a time of 29:03.02.

Women’s Basketball: Heath spurs College’s late rally past Butler

College of William and Mary junior guard Kelly Heath scored eight of her 10 points in the final 5:24 to bring the Tribe back from six down against Butler University at the Holiday Inn & Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. Heath recorded the College’s final eight points as the Tribe rallied past Butler 53-50. Junior forward Tiffany Benson also scored in double figures for the College, netting 15 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Benson also led the Tribe in scoring in its 68-51 loss to tournament host New Mexico University in the opening round. Health and sophomore guard Katy Oblinger each recorded five rebounds to lead the Tribe against the Lobos.

Andrew Pike contributed to this report.

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