Quaker Women's Cross Country Season Recap

Sommer Fanney '18 (John Bell photo, Touch A Life Photography)
Sommer Fanney '18 (John Bell photo, Touch A Life Photography)

The Guilford College women's cross country team peaked at season's end. The Quakers placed ninth at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions and were 31st at the NCAA South/Southeast Regionals.

The Quakers were led by senior Sommer Fanney, who posted the best finish in every GC meet. She recorded the school's fastest all-time six-kilometer finish in the NCAA Regional event, hosted by Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. Fanney clocked a time of 23:26.8, besting her own 23:58.80 mark set at the 2016 ODAC Championships. She was 67th of the 240 runner NCAA Regional field. Fanney also finished second at the Hagan Stone Classic after running 20:12.59, the third fastest five-kilometer time in program history.

Freshman Samantha Brown (26:48) and junior Samantha Brooks (27:29) placed 195th and 207th respectively at the NCAA Regionals. Brown, however, had her best six-kilometer time (26:47.65) in the ODAC Championships. 
 
Erica Barnes recorded her best time (30:02.12) at the ODAC Championships. Fellow freshmen Sydney Procos (28:57.9) and Nozomi (Hope) Suzaki (29:24.3) clocked personal bests at the season-ending NCAA Regional meet.
 
Coach Marla Lindsay's Quakers lose team leader Fanney to graduation. However, with as many a five harriers returning in 2018, the program's future is bright.