Freshman Dana Stockdale was named the 2011 Rookie of the Year at the MAC Championships on October 29th with her 14th place, 2nd Team All-MAC finish. She has consistently been one of LVC's top three finishers in each of her races this fall and becomes the first female at LVC to earn this award since Heather Rishel's 4th place finish in 2003. Dana hails from Lewisburg High School where she competed in both cross country and track & field.
Describe the race. What were your expectations going into it and how did they line up with the results?
The race was probably one of the most interesting experiences that I have ever had. How many people get the opportunity to run in the middle of a snow storm? Because of this, the race was tough, but the snow added some new challenges like trying not to slip for example. My expectations going into the race was to do my absolute best and win the rookie of the year award, and thankfully they lined up with the results.
What made you come to Lebanon Valley College? Where did you come from and how did you hear about our institution?
The reason I made the choice to come to Lebanon Valley College was because the minute I arrived on the campus, it immediately felt like home. All of the staff and students were extremely informative and friendly. I knew that I would have a good time here while maintaining good grades as my number one priority. I came from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and my parents were the ones who had heard about LVC. When I looked into it, I realized that Kristin Shoop, who went to high school in the town right next to mine, was also at LVC and I talked to her about LVC as well.
Since rising to the top of the freshman class in the MAC, what are some of your long term goals in both cross country and track? Where do you see yourself and the team in the next couple of years?
My goals for both cross country and track are to always do my best and continuously improve if possible. In the next couple years, I see myself working hard along with the team and all of us making it as far as we can into the season in terms of qualifying for things. I would absolutely love to go to nationals at some point.
Coming from high school with some great times, how do you feel you have adjusted to running in college and what do you find to be the major differences?
Adjusting to running in college was tough at first. You have to be willing to work hard and continuously push yourself day after day. The results were definitely worth it. The major differences that I have felt between high school and college are that I have more self motivation to continuously improve and I feel less pressure from my team and more pressure from myself to do well.
What is your favorite part about being a member of the LVC cross country program?
My absolute favorite part about being a member of the LVC cross country program is meeting and becoming friends with the team. These guys and especially girls have become some of my best friends and I admire all of them greatly. I wouldn't be where I am without all of the support from them and my coach.
What is your favorite type of workout? Is there any one particular workout that you can remember that was challenging but made you a better runner or it?
This may sounds ridiculous, but my favorite type of workout is one that really pushes me to my limits. One particular workout that I remember that challenged me the most was our two mile-one mile work out where we run two miles as as we can, take a ten minute break, then run one mile as fast as we can after that. It was challenging and was extremely tiring, but I know I benefited from it which brought me to appreciate it eventually.
What hobbies, sports, or other leisure time activities do you enjoy most?
In between school work and cross country I am a life guard at the pools at LVC. I also really enjoy skiing, spending time with my friends, and watching ice hockey. One of my strangest hobbies is that I really enjoy is Juggling. My dad taught me when I was little and I did it in a spring musical production when I was a junior in high school.
Anything else we should know?
I just want to thank my coach, team, parents, and friends for constantly supporting me. Coach O'Brien is a really great coach who has pushed me all season to bring out my true potential. Him and the team have been so welcoming and supportive of me and I can't thank them enough. Also, thanks to my parents for always keeping my head up and coming to as many races as possible, I love you guys!