Cross Country Team and Coach Inducted into the Hall of Fame
On a cold, blustery November morning in 1994, the Yavapai College Women’s Cross-County Team won the college’s sixth NJCAA National Championship and the first of two Cross Country National Titles. That group of runners and their coach was inducted into the Yavapai College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 7th at a luncheon on the campus of Yavapai College in Prescott. All 12 runners attended the event and Head Coach Julie Williams was able to join the festivities via Facetime from Oregon.
After winning the ACCAC title and the NJCAA Region I title, YC qualified for the National Meet appearance. Yavapai entered the race ranked #2 behind the pre-race favorite Ricks College. Fueled by Mirsada Buric-Adams record breaking run and five Rider runners finishing in the top 17, Yavapai upset the favorite by a score of 46 to 48 (lowest score wins).
Members of the Championship team are:
Ursula Von Arx
Head Coach Julie Williams
The other inductee that day was the Head Coach of the 1994 Championship Team, Julie Williams –Jones.
Her resume at Yavapai College is very impressive as she was a student-athlete and returned to coach.
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) – 3rd ACCAC/Region I
1988 (30-20) – 1988-89 ACCAC/Region I championships
1989 (34-20) – 1989-90 ACCAC/Region I championships
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 – ACCAC Championship & 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 34 NJCAA All-Americans, 7 NJCAA Academic All-Americans, 34 NJCAA All-Region I Athletes