Saturday, November 10, 2012
On Saturday, The Mount women's cross country team competed at the regional meet. All runners who finished high enough had a chance to qualify for nationals. The 6,000 meter race was hosted by Anderson Universtiy. The meet champion was Allie Steinburnner of Ohio Northern University, while Hope College won the team title.
Freshman Amanda Shelby (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) obliterated the previous regional meet record by a Mount runner by over two minutes. The previous record time of 24:29 was held by Jessica Biedenbender. Shelby completed the six kilometer course in 22 minutes and eight seconds. She placed 15th overall at the meet. Shelby has broken multiple records this year, and continues to star for the Lions. Finishing in second for the Lions was Emily Wolhfrom (Cincinnati, OH/Oak Hills). She ran the course in a time of 28 minutes and 20 seconds.
This meet completes the Lions' season as a team.
Shelby earned an individual at-large spot in the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships. which will be held on November 17 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. Shelby was named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region for her efforts.
She is the first Mount runner in school history to be named All-Region and qualify to the national championship race.