Southern Miss had its eight runners take the top eight spots.
Kevin Ondrasek is in his third season as the head cross country and assistant track and field coach with the Golden Eagle program.
His Golden Eagles continued to show vast improvements as the team turned in record performances during the cross country season. Senior runner Stephanie Ledgerwood garnered first team all-conference and all-region honors as well as earning academic All-American status. Ledgerwood finished third overall at the 2012 Conference USA Cross Country Championship in a time of 16:56.9 and 15th overall at the NCAA D1 South Regional with a time of 20:33.1, just missing the advancement to the NCAA National Meet by one spot. Freshmen Felice Johnson placed 22nd missing her first all-conference team by one position. Krista Moylan, Jocelyn Lockhart, and Kara Moylan rounded out the top five placing 32nd (18:11), 36th (18:25), and 70th (19:40). In addition to Ledgerwood earning C-USA all-academic honors, Jocelyn Lockhart also was named to the all-academic team.
The 2013 indoor season was a record breaking one as Ondrasek's distance squad tallied seven school record performances. They also managed to attain 24 of the top 5 all-time fastest individual performance in their respective events.
The Conference USA Championships is where the Eagles saw the majority of the indoor records fall. On day one, Krista Moylan finished 4th in the women's 5,000 meters in a school record time of 16:44.95, a 19 second personal best. Stephanie Ledgerwood was close behind in 5th with a time of 16:56, a 17 second personal best. Later that night the women's Distance Medley took 4th overall in a time of 11:45, breaking the old school record by 18 seconds. The second day of competition had freshmen Felice Johnson taking 6th in the women's mile with a school record time of 4:51.24, this was also a six-second personal best.
Outdoors, the Lady Eagles continued their record breaking streak by claiming school records in the 3,000m steeplechase, the 5,000m, 10,000m and narrowly missing the school record in the 1500m.
Krista Moylan broke the 3k steeplechase record multiple times throughout the year at the Samford Invite, the Conference USA Championships, and at the NCAA Preliminaries in a time of 10:33.28.
Stephanie Ledgerwood claimed the 5,000 meter school record twice at the Texas relays and at the Conference USA Championships in a time of 16:45.09, a very impressive double coming off racing the 10,000 meters the day before. Ledgerwood also managed to claim the 10,000 meter school record at the Mt. SAC relays with a time of 34:21.82 knocking 2 minutes off of her previous personal best. Felice Johnson continued her stellar freshmen year missing the school record by .14 seconds at the Samford Invite, then duplicating that performance again at the conference meet by running 4:30 in the conference final taking 6th and dropping 35 seconds off her 5,000 meter PR later that night in a time of 17:16, qualifying her for the USA Junior Championships.
In his first season, Ondrasek's runners showed major improvements including 11 school record performances in events ranging from the Men's 800m to the Women's 10k. The distance squad scored more points at the C-USA Championships than they had in the previous five years. Ondrasek also took senior 800m runner Dale Dunn to the semi-finals of the NCAA championships after breaking the school record during the preliminary rounds. Cross country runner Stephanie Ledgerwood also garnered all-conference honors for the first time by a Golden Eagle since 2005.
Ondrask also coached former Golden Eagle standout Zuna Portillo to a new El Salvadorian national record in the 3k steeplechase. In 2012, she narrowly missed Olympic team in the 1500m by one position.
Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Ondrasek worked as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Texas A&M, where he was part of three consecutive NCAA National Championships for both the men's and women's programs as well as two Big 12 team championships. He also spent time competing as a professional, hilighting his career by achieving the USA-A Standard in the 1500 meters running a time of 3:41.18.
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