Stone Impresses at NCAA Championship

November 28, 2012

Mary Baldwin University junior Sophia Stone finished 19th at the Women’s Cross Country National Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana, November 17. The 18-year-old from Pacific Palisades, California ran her fastest 6K of the season in 21:33.

Stone’s performance once again earned her All-American honors. During the 2012 season, she also repeated as USA South Conference Runner of the Year and was named conference champion, NCAA South/Southeast Champion, and U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Women’s South/Southeast Athlete of the Year.

The News Leader followed Stone’s story, and published an op-ed by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Catharine O’Connell about the value of Division III athletics.

Stone finishes 19th in nationals
"I gave everything on that course," Stone said afterwards. "I felt like just stopping at the end or jogging. I’ve never had that burning feeling before."
Mary Baldwin junior mixes studying, running
She’s succeeding just fine in school, though. Stone’s class load last spring included calculus, French, botany, plus two other sciences/labs, Spalding recalled in amazement. "It was ridiculous, and she got a 4.0," she said.
College athletics worth celebrating
There is much to celebrate in collegiate athletics today, but not where we usually look. I am glad of Sophia Stone’s success for many reasons, among them the attention it has drawn to a class of student-athletes who deserve more recognition, and a model of intercollegiate athletics that is not broken, that is, in fact, extremely effective.