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2017 Athletic Hall Fame Inductees Announced Reviewed by Zachary Shaver on . We are pleased to announce the 2017 Class of the Yavapai College Athletic Hall of Fame! The Hall of Fame luncheon will take place on Saturday, October 7th at no We are pleased to announce the 2017 Class of the Yavapai College Athletic Hall of Fame! The Hall of Fame luncheon will take place on Saturday, October 7th at no Rating: 0
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2017 Athletic Hall Fame Inductees Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Class of the Yavapai College Athletic Hall of Fame!

The Hall of Fame luncheon will take place on Saturday, October 7th at noon at the Rock House Patio on the campus of Yavapai College.

Julie Williams-Jones

Julie is a former YC Athlete and former YC Head Women’s Cross-Country Head Coach

As an athlete (1977 and 1978), Julie participated on the basketball team, volleyball team, tennis team, and softball team. Both of her softball teams advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament finishing 9th out of 18 teams in 1978.

As the first head coach of the Women’s Cross-Country Team:

At Yavapai College: 1987-97
1987 – 12-20
1988 – 30-20 (1988-89 ACCAC/Region I championships)
1989 – 34-20 (1989-90 ACCAC/Region I championships)
1990 – 26-8
1991 – 27-24 (1991 ACCAC/Region I championships, NJCAA 4th place finish)
1992 – 39-21 (NJCAA 6th Place finish)
1993 – 40-18 (1993 Region I championship, NJCAA 3rd place finish)
1994 – 65-8 (1994 ACCAC/Region I Championships, 1994 NJCAA National Championship, National Coach of the Year)
1995 (NJCAA 3rd Place finish)
1996 – 64-7 (1996-97 ACCAC/Region I Championships, ACCAC Coach of the Year, NJCAA 3rd Place finish)

In 1994, Julie became the first woman to win the NJCAA National Coach of the Year.
Julie coached 26 NJCAA All-Americans, 3 NJCAA Academic All-Americans, 34 NJCAA All-Region I Athletes

1994 Women’s Cross-Country Team

The 1994 Women’s Cross-Country Team were ranked #2 going into the National Meet held at Alfred State College in New York, labeled one of the toughest courses of the time. They overcame the muddy course to capture the first Cross Country National Championship beating the #1 ranked Ricks College by a score of 46-48, the closest national race ever to that point. Five YC runners were named to the All-American Team and Mirsada Buric-Adam, a 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee, won the race setting the course record with a time of 18:31. Carla Estrella was ninth, Priscilla Boldt was 10th, Catherine Ellett finished 12th and Beth Cook finished 14th to earn the All-American nods.

The 1994 Team was the ACCAC Champions and the NJCAA Region I Champions finishing the season with a 65-8 overall record.

The 1994 Cross Country Team members include:
Priscilla Boldt
Mirsada Buric-Adam
Beth Cook
Rochanda Dayea
Catherine Ellett
Carla Estrella
Lena Lopez
Janet Nelson
Emily Persinger
Vicki Ristig
Ursula Von Arx
Anne Wagner

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