April 30, 2010
Portions of release courtesy of the Big South Conference
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Former Coastal Carolina University women's cross country and track and field standout Catherine Conder has been selected as a member of the 2010 Big South Conference Hall of Fame class, announced by the league April 28.
Conder competed for the Chanticleers from 1994-97 and was the Big South's first three-time Women's Cross Country Champion and Runner of the Year (1994, 1995, 1996). She is one of eight four-time Big South Women's Cross Country All-Conference performers in League history. She was the third individual to accomplish this feat at the time in 1997 when she finished as the individual Runner-Up that year. She also was first to be named Runner of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same year in 1994. Conder won the 1996 Women's Cross Country Championship in a record time of 17:21, a record that stood until 2002 and is still the third-fastest time in Big South Championship history. She helped Coastal Carolina to two League championships (1995, 1996) and earned All-Southeast Region accolades in 1994, 1995 and 1996 after placing in the top-10 at the Southeast Region Cross Country meet.
Conder also participated in outdoor track and was the Big South's individual champion in the 1,500-meter run in 1995 and the 3,000-meter run in 1997 with a record time of 10:07.53. She was the Big South's best performer for the entire outdoor track season in the 10,000-meters in 1994, the 1,500-meter run in 1995, the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 1997 and the 5,000-meter run three consecutive years (1994, 1995, 1996). Conder finished 13th in the 5,000 meters at the 1997 NCAA Outdoor Track Championship after finishing 17th in the event at the 1996 national meet. Her 14th-place standing in the 10,000 meters in the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Track Championship was the highest finish by a freshman. Conder also was a Silver Medalist in the 1996 Penn Relays in the 5,000-meter run with a Big South record time of 16:26.
Conder, along with former Radford men's basketball coach Ron Bradley, former Charleston Southern men's golfer Jim Gardas, former Coastal Carolina men's soccer player Guy Norcott, former Winthrop men's golfer Kevin Pendley and former UNC Asheville men's basketball player Josh Pittman will be officially inducted on Thursday evening, June 3, 2010, during a special ceremony as part of the Conference's annual spring meetings in High Point, N.C. The Hall of Fame was created in 2003 as part of the League's 20th Anniversary celebration with 12 of the 41 members Coastal Carolina former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors.