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Heather Stone

  • position Distances
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Ashburn, Va.
  • High school Stone Bridge
  • position Distances
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Ashburn, Va.
  • High school Stone Bridge

Heather Stone Bio

Athletic Honors

  • SEC Cross Country Runner of the Week (9/4/18)
  • Outdoor SEC Championships scorer (10K)
  • Captain of South Carolina Cross Country Team

Academic Honors

  • 2019, 2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll

2021 Track
Indoor: Ran four times for the Gamecocks … Ran in the 5,000 meters at the SEC Championships with a season-best time of 17:02.67 to finish in 11th place … Won the 5,000 meters at the South Carolina Invitational and the USC Indoor Open … Ran her lone 3,000 meters’ race of the season at the Carolina Challenge and took third with a time of 9:51.88.
Outdoor: Ran in the 10,000 meters at the SEC Championships and finished in 13th with a time of 35:29.43 … Ran the 5,000 meters twice … Ran her season-best time of 16:45.41 in the 5,000 meters at the Florida Relays to finish in fourth … Also ran the 5K at the Virginia Grand Prix and finished in 13th … Won the 3,000 meters at the USC Open with a time of 9:55.95 … Was the runner-up in the 3,000 meters at Weems Baskin … Ran one 1,500-meter race and finished in sixth place at the Charlotte Invitational with a time of 4:38.71.

2020 Cross Country

Was once again the Gamecocks top performer during the Cross Country season… Ran at all three of the Gamecocks competitions during the short 2020 campaign where she was the top finisher for Carolina all three times… Had her best finish at the FSU Invite, a 5K event, taking 4th in a time of 17:42.2… Finished 10th at the UAB Blazer Classic, the first 6K event of the season, finishing in a time of 21:30.21… Finished in 41st at the 2020 SEC Championships in a season-best 6K time of 21:20.80.

2020 Track

Indoors: Competed just four times for the Gamecocks during the indoor season while dealing with injuries… Opened up her season at the Tiger Paw Invite where she won the 5000m in a time of 17:11.35, a new PR and the sixth fastest time in program history… She competed again in that event at the SEC Indoor Championships where she finished in 23rd… She took fifth at the Carolina Challenge in the 3000m in a new PR of 9:55.30 which was also good enough for the eighth-fastest time in program history… Ran the Mile Run once during the season where she finished in a time of 5:07.67 at the South Carolina Invite.

Outdoors: Cancelled.

2019 Cross Country

Was Carolina’s top finisher in three of the four meets she competed in… Won the 2019 Carolina Challenge in an impressive time of 17:27.6… Followed that up with a PR of 17:14.2 at the Adidas XC Challenge to take fifth at the 5K event which was also the third fastest time in program history… Broke the school record in the 6K at the Paul Short Run (Gold) in a time of 20:38.8 to finish in 34th… Missed a portion of the season with an injury, including the 2019 SEC Championships… Qualified for the NCAA Southeast Regional for the third time in her career where she finished in her best career place of 46th. 

2019 Track

Indoors: Did not compete.

Outdoors: Posted one of the program’s most successful distance campaigns of the past decade, including program top-10 marks at three different distances… competed at 1500m, 3000m, 5000m and 10000m… won the 3000m at the USC Outdoor Open with a time of 9:49.83, fifth-best in program history and the team’s top 3K mark since 2009… finished fourth in the 5000m at Florida Relays with a time of 16:57.46, the No. 6 time in school history… finished 21st in the 5K at Penn Relays… ran her first-career 10000m at the SEC Championships, finishing fourth, the best result by a Gamecock in the event since 2000… posted a time of 34:20.22 at the SEC meet, second-best in school history… qualified for the NCAA East Regional on the strength of her SEC performance, the first Gamecock to run the event at regionals since 2013… finished 21st in the 10K at the regional meet in Jacksonville, Fla., with a time of 34:50.75.

2018 Cross Country

Was Carolina’s top finisher in four of the team’s six meets… finished third at the Carolina Challenge with a time of 17:45.8, the ninth-best 5K time in program history… earned SEC Runner of the Week honors for her efforts in the season opener… came in 22nd at the Joe Piane Invitational, with her time of 18:06.61 ranking 30th on the school’s 5K records list… placed second at the Charleston Classic, with her time of 18:25.5 helping Carolina win the team title… finished the 6K in 22:35.7 to come in 39th at the Princeton Classic… was the team’s top finisher at the SEC Championships, with a 5.8K mark of 20:22.38 good for 40th place… ended the season finishing 52nd at the NCAA Southeast Regional… her time of 21:11.4 ranks 13th in program history.

2018 Track

Indoors: Took part in the mile, the 3000m and the 5000m… had her best race in the 5K at the Dr. Sander Invitational, finishing fifth with a mark of 17:37.21… came in 26th in the 5K at the SEC Championships.

Outdoors: Ran the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m… finished on the podium in the 1500 at the USC Open, placing third with a mark of 4:47.67… took fifth in the 3K at the Weems Baskin Invitational… had her best 5K time at the Florida Relays, 17:32.69… came in 34th in the 5K at the SEC Championships.

2017 Cross Country

Competed six times as a rookie and finished as Carolina’s top freshman finisher in her final five appearances… Took ninth individually at the Carolina Challenge, running 18:47.3 to help the Gamecocks win the team title… Came in 31st at the Bulldog SEC Preview in her first collegiate 6K… Posted her best 5K time of the season at the Joe Piane Invitational, a mark of 18:26.1 to come in 59th… Ran her best 6K time at the Crimson Classic, where her time of 22:06.0 was good for 69th… Placed 75th at her first SEC Championships and 136th at the NCAA Southeast Regional.

High School

A four-year letter-winner at Stone Bridge High … Twice competed in the Virginia High School League State Cross Country Championships … Won the 2016 Nike Cross Country Southeast Regional with her top 5K time of 19:19.6 … Named her team MVP in cross country … Her top outdoor 3200m time came in the 2017 Dogwood Track Classic, posting a 11:33.35 to finish 22nd … Ranked seventh in the 5A/6A State Meet at the distance with a 11:33.45 clocking … At 1600m, she finished 25th in the Dogwood with a personal-best time of 5:18.39 … Helped her 4x800m relay team to a fourth-place showing in the VHSL state meet … Also lettered in soccer and swimming, earning all-state in four different swimming relays … Named Stone Bridge’s Student Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2016-17 … Also a member of the National Honor Society.


The daughter of Bob and Heidi Stone … Has one sister, Megan … Chose the Gamecocks over Coastal Carolina and Christopher Newport because of the academic and athletic opportunities … Majoring in retail management.

Indoor Personal Records

Mile Run

5:07.67 (2/7/20 South Carolina Invite)


9:55.30 (1/31/20 Carolina Challenge)


17:11.35 (1/15/20 Tiger Paw Invite)

Outdoor Personal Records


4:35.03 (4/5/19 Spec Towns Invitational)


9:49.83 (4/20/19 USC Outdoor Open)


16:57.46 (3/28/19 Florida Relays)


34:20.22 (5/9/19 SEC Championships)

Cross Country Personal Records


17:14.2 (9/20/19 Adidas XC Challenge)


20:38.8 (10/5/19 Paul Short Run)