YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Maribel Sanchez Souther, 41, a former Yorktown High School track star, died Dec. 31, after a battle with breast cancer.
Souther was born April 6, 1975, in New York City to Maria and Silvio Sanchez. She attended Yorktown High School where she excelled in academics and cross country/track.
She continued running at Dartmouth College, where she was a standout runner from her first fall helping to rebuild the women’s distance team. She won the 1994 U.S. Junior Cross Country Championship and represented the United States at the Junior World Championships in Hungary. She won two Ivy League titles in cross country, three in indoor track, three in outdoor track and led the 1996 cross country team to a fifth-place NCAA finish. She was the first Dartmouth female runner to be an All-American in cross country.
She ended her career as a four-time All-American. At graduation, she was awarded the Class of 1976 Award as Dartmouth’s most outstanding female athlete. In 1998 Souther qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials, but an injury forced her not to compete.
Souther will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and a supportive friend. She enjoyed nothing more than her children or going for a run.
Souther is survived by her husband John; sons Jackson and Paco; daughter Christine; mother Maria; father Silvio; sisters Bernadette and Jennifer; brother Silvio; six nieces and nephews, and an extended family too numerous to list.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Saint Denis Catholic Church in Hanover, N.H. A funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, please send gifts to The Maribel Sanchez Souther 1996 Memorial Scholarship Fund supporting minority student track & field and cross country athletes at Dartmouth College, 6066 Development Office, Hanover NH 03755. An on-line form is available here.