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Timesland girls cross country runner of the year: Carolyn Bethel, Hidden Valley High School.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Timesland Runner of the Year
CAROLYN BETHEL| HIDDEN VALLEY | Senior
BETHEL captured her second straight Group AA title, pulling away from River Ridge District rivals Katie Fortner of Cave Spring and Blacksburg’s Bonnie Angermeier to win in 18:11. At the Nike Cross Nationals, Bethel finished 26th a year after finishing 99th in the elite field, narrowly missing All-America status. An all-state performer for four consecutive years, Bethel repeated as the Region IV winner, and won her first River Ridge championship, a race she competed in wearing her heavy training shoes instead of her lightweight racing spikes. Bethel signed with Northern Arizona.
BONNIE ANGERMEIER | BLACKSBURG | Sophomore
First season of not splitting time with travel soccer. ... Third in Group AA championship, edged by Cave Spring’s Katie Fortner in a photo finish at 18:31. ... Second in River Ridge District and Metro Championships. ... Third in Region IV. ... Fourth at Octoberfest Invitational.
KATIE FORTNER | CAVE SPRING | Junior
Continued trend of improving one place at Group AA championship, finishing second in sprint finish. ... Runner-up in Region IV a week after finishing third in River Ridge District. ... Repeat winner at the Metro Championships. ... First at Runnin’ with the Wolves Rocktoberfest. ... Fourth at Great American Race of Champions in 17:41 for 5K.
RACHEL McCOY | BLACKSBURG | Senior
Came on strong at the end of her final season, peaking at the ideal time. ... Earned all-state honors with eighth-place finish in Group AA championship a week after finishing 12th in Region IV. ... Fourth in River Ridge District and Blue Demon Invitational.
DARBY McPHAIL | WILLIAM BYRD | Junior
Earned first all-state honors by finishing 14th in Group AA championship. ... Repeated as Blue Ridge District champion. ... Runner-up at Region III championship. ... Sixth at Runnin’ with the Wolves Rocktoberfest. ... Fifth at Metro Championships. ... Tenth at Knights Crossing.
MIKAYLA RICHARDSON | CHRISTIANSBURG | Freshman
After 24th-place finish at early-season Knights Crossing, improved rapidly throughout the season. ... Best race of the year was in Group AA championship, where she was seventh to earn all-state honors. ... Also seventh in the River Ridge District Championship and Runnin’ with the Wolves Rocktoberfest. ... Fifth in Region IV.
ERIN SAUNDERS | JEFFERSON FOREST | Sophomore
Led Cavaliers to third place in Group AA team championship by finishing 5th in 19:05. ... Won Region III championship. ... Repeat Seminole District champion. ... Third at Runnin’ with the Wolves Rocktoberfest. ... Fourth at Metro Championships.
EMILY BEATTY | BLACKSBURG | Sophomore
HELENA HARDING | HIDDEN VALLEY | Junior
VICTORIA HUTCHENS | PATRICK COUNTY | Senior
ANA MARTHA LOPEZ | WILLIAM BYRD | Sophomore
ALLISON SHERMAN | CHRISTIANSBURG | Senior
MELISSA TEEPLE | FRANKLIN COUNTY | Senior
ALINA WOODFORD | PATRICK HENRY | Senior
COACH OF THE YEAR
JAMES DeMARCO | Blacksburg
While the senior-heavy Bruins boys team was expected to dominate, the Bruins girls team had just one senior among its top seven. Yet DeMarco patiently worked his young squad into peak shape as the season progressed and saw his Bruins win their second consecutive state title, and fifth in eight years.
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