USA South_cross country_frontThe Mary Baldwin University Cross Country team competed November 2 at the USA South Championships near Greensboro, North Carolina.

Meredith College won the USA South Championship with five runners in the top ten finishers. Covenant College was second. They were followed by Piedmont, Maryville, Mary Baldwin, Methodist,  LaGrange, and Averett.

Beth Burgess of Covenant won the race with a time of 24:51.06.

Wendy Deptula was the first Fighting Squirrel to cross the finish line. She finished 9th with a time of 26:05.81 and was named to the USA South All-Conference Second Team.

Amanda Fadden was the second Mary Baldwin runner and the 20th overall to finish. She was named to the USA South All-Conference Third Team.

Katherine Narvaez, Tatiana Western, Kaylyn Lonergan, Isabella Novembre, and Jennifer Jin rounded out the remaining Mary Baldwin runners.

Lonergan was named to the USA South Sportsmanship Team.

“We were much improved over our race at Christopher Newport University (CNU). Team dynamics have been great this week and post race they were already asking about our workouts to prepare for regionals. We will put in the workouts and have it pay off with a great last race on November 16. I am pleased with the effort and the excitement to train our weaknesses,” Coach Sharon Spalding said after the race.

The Fighting Squirrels will run in the NCAA South/Southeast Regionals on November 16 at CNU.

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