UMBC

Women's Cross Country

 
Sara Parkinson
Sara Parkinson
Height: 5-9
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Lancashire, England
High School: Loughborough University

2009: Earned America East All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season after finishing sixth at the America East Championships… Named to the CoSida/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II Cross Country/Track and Field First Team… Recognized as UMBC’s 2009-10 Female Athlete of the Year… Named to the America East All-Academic Team… Led the Retrievers across the line in five of seven meets, placing second in the other two… Opened the season with a second-place finish at the Mount St. Mary’s 5K Duals in 18:26.72… Set a career-best 6K time at the Paul Short Invite in 22:02… Placed 39th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships in 22:46… Named the team’s Most Valuable Athlete at UMBC’s varsity awards ceremony in May… Named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

 

2008: Earned America East All-Conference honors after finishing ninth in the America East Cross Country Championships… Was top finisher for the Retrievers in all four meets she competed in… Won the Towson Invitational 5K in 18:14… Finished third in the Princeton Invitational in 22:13.5… Named the Most Valuable Athlete at UMBC’s Varsity Awards Banquet in May… Named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

 

Background: A foreign exchange student from Loughborough University in England… Part of the 2008 British Universities Sports Association Athletics (BUSA) championship team for Loughborough… Also part of the Lancashire cross country team from 2005-07 and was the 2004 Lancashire long jump champion… Captained her team in 2003-04 at St. Michael’s C.E… Also played netball for Loughborough, where she was part of the BUSA championship team in 2006-07 and the runner-up team in 2007-08… Named the netball Player of the Year in 2006 for Lancashire and Leyland… Also named the Sports Person of the Year in 2006 at Cardinal Newman College and the Volunteer of the Year in 2007-08 by Loughborough Netball Club.

 

  

Personal: One of two children to Shelley and Gerald Parkinson… Has a brother, Lee… Majoring in geography and is minoring in political science… Born March 9, 1988.

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