Sophia Stone finished first at the Gettysburg College Invitational on Saturday, completing the 6K race in 21:48, a new course record. Stone crossed the finish line 32 seconds ahead of the next fastest runner.
One of the largest cross country meets in the region, 394 runners competed in the women’s race with a total of 36 women’s teams from Divisions I, II, and III. MBC finished 24th.
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“I wasn’t expecting a win and was looking over my shoulder until about 800 meters left in the race,” said Stone, a junior from Pacific Palisades, California. “It’s a little unnerving to wait at the start and see 400 other runners who are just as anxious and have preparing for this race as you and your team have.”
All-American Stone finished just 47 seconds behind the top runner at the 2011 NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championship in Wisconsin last November.
“If I make it to Nationals this year, I will miss the Junior Dads ceremony, but there are few opportunities to represent your school in another state and bring back a medal to Baldwin,” she said. “We would like to fund a road trip for girls on our team who want to watch the race, but right now, we are excited for conference [championships] and regionals, where I think our team has good chances of racing well and scoring.”
MBC’s Wendy Deptula completed the Gettysburg course in 25:18. She was followed by Amanda Fadden (27:02), Virginia McGiboney (28:16), and Victoria Barrett (30:43).
The Fighting Squirrels will spend this Saturday volunteering at the Madee 5K Run/Walk for local pediatric cancer patients at the Frontier Culture Museum as they prepare for the USA South Conference Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, on October 27. Two weeks later, they will travel to Atlanta for the NCAA South/Southeast Regionals before completing the season at the National Championships on November 17. Follow more sports news on the Mary Baldwin College Athletics website .