In her first year at Johns Hopkins University, Hannah Oneda didn't leave much room for improvement for her final three seasons.
She accomplished it all: Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year, Centennial Runner of the Year, Mideast Region Athlete of the Year, and now All American and No. 1 runner for the Division III national champions.
Oneda, a Winters Mill graduate, led the Blue Jays women's cross country team to its first national title on Saturday.
Oneda, who crossed first at the conference and regional meets, again led the way for the Blue Jays, completing the course in 21 minutes, 26 seconds to place 10th overall and lead three Hopkins runners in the top 35.
The team totaled 153 points to beat runner-up Wartburg by 63 points.
It is not only the first title in program history, but the first women's championship won at Hopkins and the first D-III national crown of any kind since men's swimming in 1979.
"I'm just so proud of them," coach Bobby Van Allen said in a statement. "We've had our ups and downs this season, but we came together and made it exciting and it worked. Everybody supported each other throughout the entire year and I think that was really the biggest difference."
CENTENNIAL STARTERS: McDaniel's basketball teams each suffered losses in their Centennial Conference opener Tuesday night. The Green Terror men (1-2 0-1) fell at Ursinus 85-74 despite a career-high 18 points from Tyler Rudd and 11 points from Nic Martin.
The Terror women lost at Washington 79-63 after falling behind by 11 at halftime. Steph Perez scored 16 to lead McDaniel (1-2, 0-1).
THRONDSET HONORED: Sophomore quarterback Ryan Throndset (Century) was one of 10 players from the Greensboro College football team selected to the USA South All-Conference squad.
Throndset earned an honorable mention for the second straight year after leading the conference's leader in total offense and passing offense. He played a significant role in the Pride's rise from 0-10 his first year to 5-5 this season.
Throndset set six conference records this year - single-game marks for most pass attempts, completions, passing yards, total offense and touchdowns as well as a season best for completions.
Throndset led the conference in passing yards per game with 282.5 and finished second in passing touchdowns with 19. He threw for 2,825 yards overall.
His final game of the season was his best. He passed for 598 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-27 win. He set four of his conference records in the victory and was honored twice for that effort - as USA South Offensive Player of the Week and as a member of d3football.com's National Team of the Week.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior forward Caitlin Bach (North Carroll) of the 10th-ranked Lebanon Valley College women's basketball team was named the season's first Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week.
Bach was named Most Valuable Player at the Rinso Marquette Tournament for averaging 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in wins over Clarkson and FDU-Florham last weekend.
In Sunday's championship game, she recorded her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 17 rebounds. Bach started the first two games after serving as the Dutchmen's sixth man last season.
HELPING FOOT: Travis Miller (Francis Scott Key) recently completed his senior season with the Lebanon Valley men's soccer team.
Miller led the Dutchmen with six assists and finished fifth on the team with eight points, helping the squad go 14-6-2. He started all 22 games and played in each of the Dutchmen's contests over his last three seasons.
ALL-REGION: Sophomore Tim Miller (Francis Scott Key) helped the Bridgewater College men's cross country team take third place at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional meet on Nov. 10.
Miller completed the course in 26:47.09 to place 20th overall and earn all-region honors. Previously, Miller finished 16th at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK II: Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson, of the Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball team, earned Northeast Conference co-Player of the Week for Nov. 12-18.
She scored a career-high 30 points, including the game-winning basket with 42 seconds remaining, to lift the Mountaineers past Rider 70-67 Friday. Henderson shot 9-for-15, including 6-for-8 from behind the arc. She added eight rebounds, four steals and three assists in 40 minutes to record career highs in points, field goals, 3-pointers, free throws, steals and minutes played. Henderson scored nine of the Mount's final 16 points to help the team to its first win of the season.
MOUNT LANDS RECRUIT: Mount St. Mary's University head men's basketball coach Jamion Christian has announced the signing of Khalid Nwandu of York, Pa., to a National Letter of Intent to attend the Mount for the 2013-14 school year.
Nwandu, a 6-3 guard, averaged 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals per game as a junior at Northeastern High School, helping lead the team to the state playoffs for the second consecutive season. He was named to the All-County team as a junior in addition to being named a Second Team YAIAA All-Star by the York Daily Record. As a sophomore, Nwandu averaged 10.3 points per game.
THAT'S ALL FOLKS: Senior Brittany Lethbridge (Francis Scott Key) recently completed her standout volleyball career with Hood College.
This season, Lethbridge played in 73 of the Blazers' 80 sets, finishing second on the team with 129 kills and third with 130 digs - both were career highs. She also contributed 16 aces, eight blocks and nine assists.
Lethbridge ends her career with 415 kills, good for eighth on the program's all-time list.