The Mary Baldwin Cross Country team has just finished its preseason training and is looking forward to a strong 2017 season.
The Fighting Squirrels have four returners: senior Campbell Scollo, juniors Lindsay Sopko and Stephanie Barbaro, and sophomore Katelyn Pollock. Sopko is the top returner for MBU, having finished 32nd at the 2016 USA South Conference Championships. She is looking to stay healthy this fall and break into the All-Conference standings.
The rest of the team is young and hungry. Twin 14-year old sisters Colette and Elyse Levens are accomplished multi-sport athletes, and are giving full-time running a go for the first time. They show great promise, along with another 14-year old newcomer, Elise Deng. All three ladies entered Mary Baldwin’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) and are able to compete with runners years older and more experienced.
Some other new faces expected to make an impact for the Squirrels are sophomores Josephina Reeder and Jacquelin Rosas, along with former MBU soccer standout Jannelly Ramos.
Coach Heather Ely is looking forward to a season of surprises. “This is a really young team. What they may lack in experience, they make up for in enthusiasm, so I am eager to see how they all perform this year. It’s going to be a great ride as we look to improve on our conference finish from last year.”
The first meet of the cross country season is this Friday at Bridgewater College. Races are scheduled to begin at 5:45 pm.