Stone Runs Away with Conference Title

October 31, 2011

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Mary Baldwin University sophomore Sophia Stone (pictured with team, front row, fourth from the left) proved Saturday why she was chosen USA South Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year by winning the conference championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, and setting a new course record. Stone, 17, finished the 6000-meter Course in 22:32:32 — a full 57 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

Freshman Amanda Fadden was the second Fighting Squirrel to cross the finish line in 27:59:62 while fellow classmates Carolyn Denny and Kimberly Denny finished in 29:25:92 and 29:31:55, respectively.

Amanda Harrison, Samantha McNair, Pauline Langston, and Lucy Bruno rounded out the Mary Baldwin team running this weekend. For their efforts, Mary Baldwin finished in fourth place behind first-place finishers Christopher Newport University, Shenandoah University, and Meredith College.

“The effort we’ve been putting in this season showed at Conference for everyone; personal records were set all across our team,” Stone said. “The conditions were perfect, but I didn’t expect to set a course record! As Coach [Sharon] Spalding has said, ‘all the hay’s in the barn,’ so these next two weeks will be focused on fine-tuning for Regionals. I think it’ll be a really exciting race on a flat course with good opposition, and how I run in Texas will decide if I qualify for Nationals, which is incredible but makes me anxious.”

The team will travel to Texas in two weeks for the NCAA South/Southeast Regionals.

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