Anderson to be named year’s top runner |

Anderson to be named year’s top runner

Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkSummit High senior Whitney Anderson ran away with the state cross country title Oct. 30 in Colorado Springs, finishing almost a minute and a half in front of the next competitor. The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News are both naming her the states girls high school runner of the year.

FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High School senior Whitney Anderson, who won the 4A state cross country championship last month in runaway fashion, will be named the Colorado Girls High School Runner of the Year by both the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, Anderson confirmed Tuesday.She will be honored along with D’Evelyn’s John McGuire, who won the 4A state title on the boys side. Both recipients were chosen from runners in all of Colorado’s high school classes. The Post will announce its runners of the year on Dec. 26, while the News will print its selections in the coming week, Anderson’s mother, Susan, said.”This is a big thing, because you’re the only one in the state,” said Whitney Anderson, whose state-championship time of 17 minutes, 25.6 seconds was nearly a minute and a half faster than that of second-place finisher Angela Potrykus of Conifer. What’s more, it was the fastest time of any of Colorado’s state cross country champions, including the bigger 5A class.”At state I wanted to beat the 5A girls and be the state champ overall,” Anderson said. “This is just kind of reflecting that accomplishment.”Anderson, who began running cross country less than two years ago, has qualified for the Foot Locker Regional Championship meet, and will race in the Midwest race in Kenosha, Wis., on Nov. 27 with a chance at qualifying for the national championship meet, set for Dec. 11 in San Diego.She is one of the favorites to win at Kenosha, but she could finish anywhere in the top eight and still punch a ticket to San Diego. Also a talented artist, Anderson’s list of running qualifications are almost without end. In addition to her state title in October, she won the Alaska 3A crown as a junior before transferring to Summit last winter. She then swept the distance events – the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, the latter in a time that broke a 14-year-old state record – at the Colorado 4A state track meet last spring, and her time of 16:56 at the regional cross country meet in Delta on Oct. 23 was the second fastest for a high school girl in America this year.She was just the second Colorado high schooler ever to break the 17-minute mark, and she did it 5,100 feet above sea level.She has a legitimate shot, with a strong showing in this spring’s track season, to go down in history as one of Colorado’s greatest high school runners ever.Still, as the awards keep piling up, Anderson takes it in smooth stride, just as she runs.”Before I was any good, I was like ‘Oh my God, being in the newspaper is huge,'” she said. “Nowadays, I don’t really think about it. It’s nice to be honored, but I don’t run for that.”

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