Outstanding Achievement in Cross Country
McMinn County High School, Junior
Why she won
Trying to juggle cross country and soccer, Ward wasn't even sure she was going to be able to do both sports in the postseason. A district-semifinal loss in soccer opened her schedule, however, and she was able to claim the Class AAA cross country state title. Her time of 18:41 in the state meet was the best recorded by any girl, and this spring she added a state track title by winning the AAA 3200 meters and followed that with a second-place finish in the 1600.
"It means a lot. I had no idea I would get it, so I'm so excited. There are a lot of great runners in this area, so it's really big for me to win this. "