Kelsey Ponton
Kelsey Ponton
Height: 5-4
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Laurel, Md.
High School: Reservoir
Position: Distance

2016 Outdoor: Ran in a trio of distance events for the Retrievers during her first outdoor season... Finished in a season best time of 39:55.66 at the America East Championships in the 10,000m... Also posted season bests in the 3,000m at the Larry Ellis Invite (10:49.63) and in the 5,000m at the Mason Spring Invitational (19:21.28).

2015-16 Indoor: Competed in a pair of distance events for the Retrievers... Had a season best in the mile at the Penn State Relays, crossing the tape in a time of 5:41.06... Ran the 5,000m at the Great Dane Classic, finishing in 19:38.20.

Background: A highly decorated runner out of Reservoir High School… Helped lead the Gators to a state championship in cross country in 2013… That same year, she earned the Coaches’ Award in both cross country and indoor track and field… Was named team MVP in outdoor track and Most Valuable Runner in 2014 for cross country… Earned Team MVP this past spring for outdoor track and field… Her best performance came at the MPSSAA 3A State Cross Country Championships, where she earned a fourth place finish… A member of the Spanish National Honors Society and honor roll athlete in high school.

Personal: Daughter of Michael and Amelia Ponton… Has one younger brother, Daniel, and an older sister, Karla… Plans on majoring in biology with a career ambition to be a physician’s assistant… Lists her favorite food as orange chicken and favorite book as The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.