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Anna Kathryn Stoddard

  • position Distances
  • class Graduate Student
  • Hometown Greenwood, S.C.
  • High school Greenwood
  • position Distances
  • class Graduate Student
  • Hometown Greenwood, S.C.
  • High school Greenwood

Anna Kathryn Stoddard Bio

Academic Honors

  • 2018, 2019, 2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2016-17 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

Indoor: Did not compete.
Outdoor: Qualified for the East Regional in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters … Finished in 27th in the 5,000 meters at the Regional meet with a time of 16:32.72 … Clocked a time of 35:03.48 in the 10,000 meters at the East Regional to finish in 28th … Took seventh at the SEC Championships in the 10,000 meters with a time of 34:32.65 … Threw down a qualifying time in the 5,000 meters at the Florida Relays where she was the runner-up in 16:12.77 … Won the 3,000 meters at Weems Baskin with a time of 9:29.76 … Ran three 1,500-meter races as well … Won the 1,500 meters at the USC Open with a time of 4:25.74 … Was the runner-up in the 1,500 meters at the Charlotte Invitational.

2020 Track

Indoors: Had her best individual season as a Gamecock, setting three top-10 program marks during the indoor season… Ran the fifth-fastest mile time in school history at the USC Indoor Open, clocking a time of 4:53.38 to take third… Put down a time of 9:48.44 at the Dr. Sander Challenge in the 3000m, good enough for the third-best time in program history… Dropped a 16:41.02 in the 5000m at the SEC Championships, the second fastest time in school history to take 11th… Won the South Carolina Invite in the 5000m… Took third at the Tiger Paw Invite in the 3000m… Helped the Gamecocks post a season-best time in the DMR at the Gamecock Opener as the anchor leg with a time of 11:49.88, which just missed a top 10 mark in program history by 0.04 seconds. 

Outdoors: Cancelled.

2019 Track

Indoors: Was one of Carolina’s top performers, helping the distance squad to a historic indoor campaign… ran in five meets individually, including a victory in the 3000m at the Gamecock Inaugural with a time of 10:01.77… lowered her PR to 9:55.57 at the Dr. Sander Challenge, the seventh-best mark in program history… ran the 5000m at the Carolina Challenge, placing second with a mark of 17:19.30, seventh-best in Carolina history… finished fifth in the mile at the USC Indoor Open… placed 41st in the 3K at the SEC Championships with a mark of 10:13.71… was a key cog as the DMR squad posted its best campaign in well over a decade… was part of a DMR win at the Gamecock Inaugural, with the quartet’s time of 1:48.77 ranking ninth in school history… led the team to a time of 11:46.08 at the Dr. Sander Challenge, No. 6 on the school record book… helped the Gamecocks finish fifth at the SEC Championships, their best mark since 2005, with a time of 11:38.69, second in school history.

Outdoors: Kept her momentum going in the outdoor season, setting new personal bests in the 1500m, 5000m and 10000m… won the 1500 at the Black & Gold Challenge with a time of 4:34.23… lowered her 1500 PR to 4:31.59 with a second-place result at the Spec Towns Invitational… that time ranked ninth in school history at the end of the season… finished third in the 1500 at the USC Outdoor Open… placed third in the 5000m at Florida Relays… ran 16:49.89 in the 5000m to finish 15th at Penn Relays and post the fourth-best time on the school’s records list… completed her first-career 10000m at the SEC Championships, when she finished 13th… her time of 35:26.16 ranked fourth in school history at the end of the season.

2018 Cross Country

Took part in five meets as one of Carolina’s top three finishers throughout the season… opened the season with a 16th-place finish at the Carolina Challenge with a time of 18:50.0… placed 35th at the Joe Piane Invitational, with her best 5K of the season, 18:25.97… came in 51st at the Princeton Classic with a 6K time of 22:48.9… placed 64th at the SEC Championships and second among Gamecocks with a time of 20:22.38… was Carolina’s top finisher at the NCAA Southeast Regional, running the 6K in a career-best 21:08.5… that was the 11th-best 6K time in program history.

2018 Track

Indoors: Ran the mile, 3000m and 5000m as a sophomore… had her best finish of the season in the 3K at the Navy Winter Invitational, where she placed fourth… set a new 3K PR of 10:13.56 at the Tiger Paw Invitational… finished 27th at the SEC Championships in the 3K… also ran the DMR at the conference meet, helping the Gamecocks to a 12th-place finish.

Outdoors: Ran in one meet, finishing second in the 1500m at the Black & Gold Challenge with a mark of 4:39.43.

2017 Cross Country

Was Carolina’s top finisher in each of the five meets she took part in… Placed third at the Carolina Challenge, with a 5K mark of 18:32.1 to help the Gamecocks win the team title… Took 16th at the Bulldog SEC Preview, running a time of 22:44.9… Broke the 22-minute barrier for the first time at the Crimson Classic, when she placed 58th with a mark of 21:58.2… Vaulted into 14th on Carolina’s all-time 6K records list when she posted a time of 21:56.1 at the SEC Championships… Finished 50th at the conference meet, passing over 30 competitors on the final lap… Ended the season at the NCAA Southeast Regional, where she ran 22:15.4 to come in 73rd.

2017 Track

Indoors: Primarily competed in the mile run as a freshman… Placed fifth in her debut, running 5:09.67 at the Clemson Invitational… Finished 20th at the SEC Championships, with a season-best of 5:00.15… Also ran the 800m once and served on the distance medley relay… Was part of the DMR that won the Clemson Invitational and scored for Carolina at the Armory Invitational, placing seventh in 12:04.55.

Outdoors: Ran both the 1500m and the 5000m… Earned three top-five finishes in the 1500, running a season-best 4:39.21 to come in second at the Gamecock Invitational… Placed 26th in the 1500 at the SEC Championship, running 4:43.22… Placed second in her 5000m season-opener, checking in at 17:45.59 at the Hurricane Invitational… Added a third-place finish at the Spec Towns Invitational, with a mark of 17:33.46… Lowered her time again at the Penn Relays, a time of 17:27.24… Hit another season best at the SEC Championships, placing 29th with a mark of 17:24.46… Qualified for the USATF Junior Championships in the 5K, placing 15th with a mark of 18:03.71.

2016 Cross Country

Ranked second on the team in all but one race and always stood atop the Gamecock freshmen finishers… Came out strong with her 11th-place finish in the lidlifter, the Carolina Challenge (18:59.90)… Finished second among Division I competitors at the 33rd Winthrop/adidas Invitational in 18:47.3… Posted her top 5K time but lowest finish on the team (fourth) in the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (18:24.7)… Finished 90th overall in her first career 6K race, the SEC Championships (22:46.0)… Posted her best 6K time in the NCAA Southeast Regionals at 22:27.1, ranking 103rd overall.

High School

Ran for four years in both track and cross country at Greenwood High… Finished second in consecutive 1600m finals at the South Carolina High School League State Championship, including her personal-best clocking of 5:06.06 as a senior… Won every 3200m race during her senior year until the SCHSL State Championship, where she ranked third… A three-time GHS distance MVP winner… Won eight county titles in track (800m in 2014 and 16, 1600m and 3200m from 2014-16) and four more regional crowns (1600m from 2014-16 and 3200m in 2016)… In cross country, she competed in the last two 4A state meets as well as one her freshman year, finishing a best of 13th as a senior… Ran her best 5K time of 18:24.55 to win the 2015 Region 1 4A championships… A member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club… Graduated as an AP scholar and a Palmetto Fellow… Garnered the Golden Eagle SAT Award.


The daughter of Brian and Ann Stoddard… Has one younger sister, Madison… Chose South Carolina over Coastal because she wanted to be part of something big, both on the track and in the classroom with the new journalism school.

Indoor Personal Records


2:17.25 (2/11/17 Tiger Paw Invitational)

Mile Run

4:53.38 (2/22/2020 USC Indoor Open)


9:44.36 (1/25/2020 Dr. Sander Challenge)


16:41.02 (2/28/2020 SEC Championships)

Outdoor Personal Records


4:31.59 (4/5/19 Spec Towns Invitational)


16:49.89 (4/27/19 Penn Relays)


35:26.16 (5/9/19 SEC Championships)

Cross Country Personal Records


18:16.1 (9/20/19 Adidas XC Challenge)


21:08.5 (11/9/18 NCAA Southeast Regional)