By Zac Bowers & Nick Porter
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Southern Virginia University freshman Morgan Bingham won the Capital Athletic Conference Women's Cross Country Championship on Saturday, earning CAC Rookie and Athlete of the Year and becoming the first CAC champion in University history.
Bingham, who has consistently led the Knights this season, is the only player in the past two seasons to finish the 6K CAC Championship in under 23 minutes (22:52.5).
"I feel like I want to cry because I am so happy, this is the best I have ever done!" Bingham said in a post-race interview with the CAC. "I knew that I wanted to start slower today. We worked a lot on control and pacing and I wanted to feel my pace instead of having a watch to see my times."
Bingham led the race virtually the entire time and became the first runner in conference history to be named both the CAC Rookie of the Year and CAC Athlete of the Year.
Sydney Bigelow finished just 16 seconds behind Bingham after shaving over a minute and a half off of her last 6K time. She finished 11 seconds in front of the third-place runner.
Led by Bingham and Bigelow, the women's team beat out St. Mary's, Marymount, Frostburg State, Wesley, and Penn St. – Harrisburg to place fifth as a team.