California has been good to Sophie Chase as of late.
The Lake Braddock senior — the area’s most dominating figure in girls’ high school distance running — committed to run for Stanford on Monday, two days after an all-American finish at the Foot Locker national cross-country championships in San Diego.
Georgetown was also among the final choices for the reigning All-Met Athlete of the Year before she ultimately decided to go with the Cardinal.
“At first I liked Stanford but I thought it was way too far. I’m very close to my family,” Chase said. “But seeing the family that was forming out there, the transition will be really, really smooth.
“I chose Stanford because I wanted a whole new experience. I’ll be able to develop academically and athletically the best I’m able to.”
Chase, an elite harrier who also owns an array of region and state titles in indoor and outdoor track, only boosted her stock this fall when she went undefeated until the final race of the season, including victories at Nike South (17:41) and Foot Locker South (personal-best 17:05). Her only loss came Saturday at Foot Locker finals, where she finished sixth among 40 of some of the top girls in the country on the challenging five-kilometer course at Balboa Park.
Chase, who also swims for Lake Braddock, captured her second straight Virginia AAA state title last month while leading the nationally-ranked Bruins to a dominating team performance that gave the Burke school its first girls’ state cross-country title since 2009.
One week prior, Chase won the Northern Region title in 16:42. That is the third-fastest girls’ time ever run on the historic 2.98-mile course at Burke Lake Park.