Cross-country runner selected to All-Maryland team


Dan Elson

The Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference selected first-year transfer studies student Bailey Healy to the All-Maryland JUCO women’s cross-country team in November.

Dan Elson, Sports Editor

The Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference named a Riverhawk to the All-Maryland JUCO women’s cross-country team in November. 

The All-Maryland JUCO team is a squad for the best athletes in a particular sport in the state. 

Bailey Healy, a first-year transfer studies student, said she felt appreciated to be selected to the team.

“It was cool because I was kind of taking the season not as competitively as I normally would,” Healy, who ran cross-country at Chesapeake High School, said. “So it felt good [and] I felt accomplished.”

Healy also earned the All-Region 20 Honorable mention award when she ran her best 5k time at approximately 23 minutes, which placed her second behind Nhaikyia Smith of Howard County Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 20 Division III Championship meet on Oct. 22. Healy’s average 5k time in 2022 was 24 minutes and 18 seconds.

Healy said she thought she was selected because she was “No. 1 on the team [which] probably had something to do with it and also our races were pretty small. So I was pretty much in the top five for almost every race that we did.”

Head women’s cross-country coach Susan Noble said she wasn’t surprised Healy was selected.

“It’s nice for her to be recognized in our region,” Noble said. “Much of our regions are in Pennsylvania, West Virginia [and] Northern Virginia. So it’s hard to get some attention sometimes in Maryland. So it’s nice that they have specific Maryland awards.”

First-year pre-med student Amanda Wright said it’s an inspiration that Healy was selected.

“There’s nothing different about universities and community colleges,” Wright said. “There’s talent everywhere.”

First-year transfer studies student Noelle Somers said Healy has a “good personality and everything. So she’s a pretty good athlete.”

Healy said she hopes to be selected to the team in 2023.