Pomeroys head to cross country nationals

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Jennifer Hughes (230) is shown during her running days at White River Valley High School. Hughes and her Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College cross-country team will be competing in the cross country national championship today in Lake Placid, N.Y. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World).

For the fourth consecutive year, the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College cross-country team heads to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) 2012 Cross Country National Championship. The competition takes place in Lake Placid, N.Y., at the U.S. Winter Olympic Training Center on Friday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.

Among them is White River Valley High School graduate Jennifer Hughes.

SMWC head cross country coach, Danelle Readinger believes the team is prepared.

"The team is united and enthusiastic about Nationals and the opportunity to attend, and the work that is ahead, Readinger said."

Since June no matter the weather conditions or the toughness of the workout the ladies have worked hard in preparation for Nationals.

The team boasts experience in conference championship competition. Stephanie Runyon, one of four seniors competing, was the runner-up 2009, 2010, and the 2011 Individual National Champion. Junior Logan Fry was 2010 Individual National Champion. In 2011, the team placed third in the meet.

As true student athletes, four of the nine team members will be recognized as Academic All Americans -- Casandra Barnett, Corianna Frederick, Hughes, Stephanie Runyon and Lauren Sutton. These women, each with a GPA over 3.80, will be honored at a banquet for their outstanding commitment to academics.

"The focus is on this meet only and what we want is to run our best physically and mentally, and we are ready for that," Readinger added.

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  • danelle was the first swiac cross country individual champ in 1990. after high school she ran cross country for indiana state. she lead eastern greene to consecutive semi state team apperances in 1990 and 1991.

    -- Posted by thunderoad on Wed, Nov 14, 2012, at 9:09 AM
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