Bobcat women’s cross country had a great start to the 2010 campaign, finishing in the top three in their first six races. Armed with some experienced runners led by an impact freshman in Allison Lones, the Bobcats took sixth at the PBC Championships, adding a top-10 finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional, at ninth.
Lones became the first freshman to earn All-PBC status in school history, taking a spot on the second team with a 12th place finish (25:30) at the PBC Championships. Lones led GC in the final six races of the season, including a third-place finish at the YHC Invitational in 21:14. Lones snapped both the 5K and 6K school records in her rookie season, her 19:13 at the ASU Tri-Meet breaking an eight-year old record by 31 seconds. Junior Karissa Ekstrom also broke the old record at the race, finishing behind Lones by 27 ticks.
The 6K mark fell at the NCAA Southeast Regional, as Lones and Ekstrom repeated the 5K feat, both breaking the old record of 24:13 set in 2008. Lones finished in 24 seconds flat, while Ekstrom was just three seconds back this time.
Senior Dani Destiche earned USTFCCCA National All-Academic status to go with her PBC All-Academic award. Destiche owned a 3.61 GPA in outdoor education. Destiche was joined by juniors Victoria Dobson and Sarah Balkcom on the PBC’s academic list.