Women's Cross Country / Sophomore / Windsor, Conn.
Major: Law, Letters & Society
Sophie Elgamal is a sophmore runner on the Maroon women's cross country team. At Saturday's University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh pre-nationals meet, Elgamal took 12th place out of 349 runners in the women's 6K race.
Head Coach Chris Hall: "Due to a freshman year in which she was injured prior to our first meet, this weekend's race was Sophie’s first over the 6,000 meter distance. She competed as if she had run that distance for years. The women’s meet had 52 teams on the starting line and 17 ranked among the top 35 nationally. In what was by far the best competition in NCAA Division III prior to the NCAA Championships, Sophie placed an impressive 12th overall and was the sixth-best finisher from the Midwest Region (with the exception of one team, pretty much everyone from our region was represented). The course itself was exceptionally wet and sloppy, but Sophie posted a time that places her 19th on our all-time honor roll. Had the course been dry, she would likely have been in our top five. I was really impressed with the way Sophie approached this race. She showed a great competitive edge, putting herself in a position to place high early in the race and held her position well throughout."
Teammate Maggie Boudreau: "Sophie is a delight to have on the team. She finds joy in running and allows her natural talent to come through, but is also one of the most devoted and hardest-working runners I know. Sophie is someone her teammates can look to for motivation during races. Her enthusiasm is infectious, while her humbleness and surprise at her own success inspire her teammates to push themselves and test their limits on race day. We all benefit from Sophie’s positive energy and I am so excited to see her surpass her own expectations during the postseason."
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Karina Kling (Volleyball)
- Head Coach Sharon Dingman: "Karina entered the match versus UW-Eau Claire and had an immediate impact with her blocking. The cool thing is she works so hard on blocking every day, so to see it all come together for her in a very important match at a very important time was inspiring. She repeated that performance versus Millikin. She was instrumental in us winning two big matches! Karina is an amazing teammate and loves representing the Maroons."
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