LAKE PLACID, N.Y. —
Blinding snow and freezing temperatures couldn’t stop Saint Mary-of-the-Woods junior Stephanie Runyon, an education major from Noblesville, from becoming the 2011 U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association women’s national champion in cross country Friday.
As a team, the Pomeroys took third place, with most runners finishing in the top 50.
“It was an awesome experience today, but it was a physically tough race,” said Runyon, who beat more than 130 other runners in 25 minutes, 16.46 seconds.
“We’ve never run in anything like this before,” SMWC coach Danelle Readinger admitted.
The Woods captured the USCAA national title in 2009 and 2010.
• Engineers honored — Rose-Hulman claimed eight all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s awards, according to results released by the league office this week.
Senior Clint Vatterrodt and sophomore Mike Schiff were named HCAC Offensive and co-Defensive Players of the Year to lead the individual honors. Sean Helliwell also was honored as Coach of the Year for the third time in his four seasons at Rose.
First-team all-league award winners included Vatterrodt, Schiff, senior Tim Hollingshead, freshman Drew Miller and sophomore William Senat.
Second-team all-conference award winners included sophomore Ben Green and freshman Andrew Bartush.
Sophomore Spencer Johnson also was honored with a spot on the conference sportsmanship team.
The Engineers will open the NCAA Division III tournament at 5 p.m. today with a match against No. 9-ranked Ohio Northern at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland.
• Taylor gets ace — Mark Taylor of Terre Haute used a 7-iron to ace the 156-yard 12th hole at SunRidge Canyon in Fountain Hills, Ariz., last Saturday.
His first career hole-in-one was witnessed by Tom Began, Scotty Everroad and Steve Heck.
n Another ace — At Rea Park, E.T. Horrall of Terre Haute made the second hole-in-one of his career Thursday, using an 8-iron on the 138-yard 13th hole amidst light snow Thursday.
Witnessing the feat were Jim Horrall, Bob Sanders and Dan Hileman.