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Tabb’s Kasandra Aulenbach, whose Class 3 alone appellation at Great Meadow abreast Warrenton in November fabricated her the aboriginal best from the Bay Rivers District or Peninsula District, is the Daily Press Girls Cantankerous Country Athlete of the Year. Ironically, it was a chase she didn’t win that set her up for success at this year’s accompaniment championship.
For Aulenbach, a Tabb senior, the abatement attack was about absolute as she was best in Bay Rivers District competition. She additionally won the Southeastern District Invitational and Class 3 Region A meet.
In mid-October, the Tigers catholic to the MileStat.com Invitational at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville. Aulenbach accomplished eighth in the Invitational Division, abaft added accompaniment champions Mary Caroline Heinen of Maggie Walker (Class 2) and McKenzi Watkins of Colonial Forge (Class 6). However, Aulenbach did accomplishment two places advanced of Class 5 best Lily Snow of Deep Run, and Aulenbach’s time of 18:28 set a claimed best.
The top-10 accomplishment at MileStat, gave Aulenbach a bare addition of confidence.
“It was at that accommodated that I accomplished I had the backbone and abeyant to win states,” said Aulenbach, who had not alike run cantankerous country for Tabb in 2017 and entered this division with a best time of 20:01.
What she bare was a plan.
Fortunately, Aulenbach had two abiding advisers nearby. Her coach, Emily Honeycutt, is a accoutrement on the bounded road-racing ambit and is currently in altercation for the women’s Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix championship for 2018.
Also in her bend is bounded active fable Drew Mearns. He was a brilliant abettor at Yale who went on to drillmaster the academy teams at Virginia and Kentucky. However, he may best be accepted as possibly the aboriginal advocate and abettor at the world-renowned sports bureau IMG to represent runners, a applicant account that includes Sebastian Coe, Alberto Salazar, Mary Decker and Bill Rodgers.
Locally, Mearns, a Williamsburg resident, additionally operates the Growing Runners ambit program, and Aulenbach started alive with him afterwards the cross-country division of her apprentice year.
“He gave me a lot of advice activity into this cross-country season,” said Aulenbach, who holds the Growing Runners aggregation annal in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters, as able-bodied as the 2,000-meter steeplechase.
Collectively, they set a plan in motion — one that would accept Aulenbach set the clip from the beginning.
“It was a altered mentality for me,” she said. “I was activity to accept to clip from the front, and I led mostly from the beginning.”
She had addition advantage. Although she had fared able-bodied at the MileStat.com meet, Aulenbach was still alien to some of her competitors.
Her action paid off. Aulenbach bedeviled the advance 100 meters into the race, breezed through the aboriginal mile “in about 5:44,” and ran abroad with an 18:41 time for a 12-second achievement over Emma Rogers of Class 3 aggregation accompaniment best Hidden Valley. Tabb accomplished fifth.
“There was a hidden aspect of surprise,” she said at the awards commemoration afterwards accepting her state-champion plaque.
Girls cantankerous country All-Stars
Kasandra Aulenbach | Tabb | senior. Aulenbach’s Class 3 achievement fabricated her the alone babe from the Bay Rivers District or Peninsula District to anytime win a accompaniment title. Tia Weagley won the 1991 Group A chase at New Kent added than a decade afore the Trojans abutting the BRD.
Jacqueline Clardy-Josephs | New Kent | senior. Her 18:49 5K at Norfolk Academy was the area’s second-best in 2018, back she accomplished third in the Class 3 Region A accommodated and was 17th in the Class 3 accompaniment meet.
MacKenzie Gardner | Tabb | senior. The 2017 Daily Press Cantankerous Country Athlete of the Year had a accomplished acclamation in ’18, finishing additional to Aulenbach in the Class 3 Region A accommodated and 10th in the accompaniment meet.
Kira Freedman | Grafton | senior. A echo DP All-Stars selection, Freedman ran 19:51 in the 5K alert and accomplished third in the Class 4 Region A meet.
Kirsten Long | Jamestown | junior. Addition echo DP All-Stars pick, Long accomplished additional in the Class 4 Region A accommodated with a 20:28.
Zoe Villarreal | Menchville | freshman. The youngest affiliate of the DP All-Stars ran 20:09 to accomplishment third in the Class 5 Region A meet, acme amid Peninsula District runners.
Allison Kenney | Grafton | senior. Kenney accomplished strongly, active 20:17 to win the Class 4 Region A appellation and advance the Clippers to the aggregation title, afore active her 5K best of 20:16 in finishing 28th in the accompaniment meet.
The Daily Press All-Stars in girls cantankerous country were best by Marty O’Brien.
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