The cross country team held its inaugural home meet on August 30 on a new 4K course at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. Before the race, Mary Baldwin President Pamela Fox announced that the course would be named the Brenda Bryant Fitness Trail, in honor of the late vice president and dean.
The Mary Baldwin women ran against Southern Virginia University (SVU) and won with an average time of 18:39.40 (24 points) versus the Southern Virginia average of 20:36.40 (35 points). SVU’s Rylee McKeon edged out Mary Baldwin’s Sophia Stone to finish first with a time of 17:00.00. Stone followed closely behind with a time of 17:04.00. The Southern Virginia men ran against Hampden-Sydney in the same 4K distance.
The course begins near Murphy Deming’s back terrace, in view of interstate 64, and goes down the hill and through the nearby woods. Mary Baldwin has an agreement with Crescent Development Group, which owns the land adjacent to Murphy Deming, allowing the college to utilize the trail. The group maintains the track and plans to extend it to a 5K in the future.