Mudy, Stephenson named Runner and Coach of the Year; four make XC All-SSAC squad

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Justyna Mudy

Justyna Mudy

Nov. 13, 2009

Atlanta, Ga. - Shorter College sophomore Justyna Mudy earned her second consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference Runner of the Year award and Lady Hawk head coach Jay Stephenson was named the SSAC Coach of the Year to headline Shorter's four representatives on the 2009 SSAC All-Conference Team.

The Lady Hawks, who last weekend claimed first place in the NAIA Qualifying Meet at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn., to earn a spot in the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, saw one senior and three underclassmen garner recognition on the annual teams announced by the SSAC offices on Friday afternoon.

Mudy, who finished first by nearly two minutes in a time of 17:16.05 at the qualifying meet, hopes to improve upon her third place finish at the NAIA Nationals in Kenosha, Wis., last fall.

The Poland native was also the SSAC Runner of the Year in 2008 after cruising to a first place finish in the SSAC Meet.

Stephenson earned the Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Lady Hawks to four top three finishes in four meets this fall. Aside from wins in the Shorter College Dual Meet and the NAIA Qualifying Meet, the Lady Hawks finished second at the Berry Invitational and third at the prestigious Southeast Classic in Louisville, Ky.

Sophomore Sarah Massey earned her second consecutive All-Conference nod and placed second at the NAIA Qualifying Meet in a time of 19:09.93. The Acworth, Ga., native was also an SSAC All-Academic Team selection this season.

Junior Kaitlin Shaw and senior Amy Worthy rounded out Shorter's representation on the seven-member, All-SSAC Team.

Shaw was named to the All-SSAC squad for the second time and also earned her second All-Academic Team honor. Shaw placed eighth in the qualifying meet in a time of 20:09.73.

Worthy was also honored with her second All-Conference award after finishing seventh in Nashville, crossing the tape at 20:07.84.

The Lady Hawks placed seven harriers on the All-Academic Team. Juniors Allison Holmes, Courtney Pike and Rachel Tucker, and freshmen Tia Moreland and Paulina Sarat joined Massey and Shaw on the academic squad.

Shorter is set to compete in the NAIA Nationals on Nov. 21 in Vancouver, Wash.

Shorter College Women's Cross Country
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