Tori Faulkner

Tori Faulkner

Written by Caitlin Robison

Tori Faulkner, a freshman from Mesa, Arizona, dominated the small college cross-country scene this season, twice receiving the USCAA’s Runner of the Week award, while coming in as the Knights’ top finisher in each of her seven races this fall.

On Friday, Nov. 11, Faulkner paved the way to a Southern Virginia women’s cross country USCAA National Championship finishing second overall with an incredible time of 25:23.17, despite wintery conditions on the national championship 6K course in Lake Placid, New York.

“Our team had tons of dedication,” said Faulkner. “There was never any skimping on conditioning and we definitely set a high standard for ourselves in every single practice.”

In its 14-year history, Southern Virginia women's cross country has captured 10 USCAA national championships—more than any other sport on campus—including nine titles in its first ten seasons (1998-2007).

With eight freshmen and three sophomores on this year’s team, Faulkner is optimistic that the Knights can deliver another national title next season.

“The best part of this season was competing with myself,” she said. “I hope to keep improving and show up even faster at next year’s nationals.”