Following an impressive ninth-place finish at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship, Cal Poly's Laura Hollander was named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America team. The top 40 individuals from both men’s and women’s races earn All-America plaudits from the USTFCCCA.
The true freshman garnered the elite status after running the 6K course at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., in a top-10 time of 19:45.
Earlier this month, Hollander had a record-breaking performance at the BWC conference championship earning her both Big West Women's Athlete of the Year and Big West Women's Freshman of the Year.
The Huntington Beach, Calif., native ran a top time of 19:12.6, shattering both the course and conference record by forty-five seconds, to garner the women's individual crown. She also became just the second female athlete to post a sub 20-minute time in the 6K since the championship moved to the new distance in 2003.
Hollander has been stellar all season as she paced the Mustangs at every meet she competed in, set three course records, claimed four individual titles and nabbed three Big West Women's Athlete of the Week honors. She becomes the first Cal Poly woman to earn Big West Women's Athlete of the Year honors and the fifth Mustang in seven years to grab the Big West Women's Freshman of the Year award.
Hollander opened the season in winning the Lagoon Open at UCSB in record time of 16:42. She backed that up three weeks later at the Pac-12 Preview with a winning time of 17:02. On Oct. 12 she won the Wisconsin Invitational in record time of 19:33.
She was also named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week for her efforts at the Big West Championship.