Newport News, VA—The Mary Baldwin Fighting Squirrels cross country team closed out the 2017 season at the NCAA DIII Southeast Regional, hosted by Christopher Newport University. The women’s race was dominated by Trinity College (Tex.) and Emory University, finishing with 80 and 83 points respectively.
The Mary Baldwin team ran a strong race. The top 5 were close together. The time spread between the top five finishers was just 1:35, which was the 9th best for the 34 schools competing.
Back in action for MBU was junior Lindsay Sopko, who finished the race in a personal record (PR) of 26:32, moving her up to tied for 7th on the All-time 6k list. Jaquelin Rosas ran a huge PR of 26:49, taking almost 2:00 off her previous best. Her effort places her 11th on MBU’s All-time list. Stephanie Barbaro and Colette Levens were right behind in 27:00 and 27:01. Josephina Reeder rounded out the scorers, running a PR of 28:07.
Nykia Free was next across the line for MBU, equaling her previous best time of 29:19. And senior Campbell Scollo, competing in her final cross country race for MBU, ended her career with a PR of 29:46.
Coach Ely was pleased with how the team finished the season. “Today was about them pushing themselves and racing the clock. The team ran really well, and we had a number of PRs. As I’ve said before, this team is mostly young, running-wise, and still learning. This was the first regional race for 4 of these runners—it can be an intimidating experience, but they handled it well.”
“The improvement from everyone from the beginning of the season until now is immense. I hope the athletes will use this as motivation to continue training through the off-season and come back even stronger next year.”
NCAA DIII Cross Country Nationals will be hosted by Principia College on November 18th.