Junior Shaylin Curtis runs at the Far West League district championships in October. Curtis placed seventh overall which qualified her for First Team All-League honors. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Brookings-Harbor High School cross country Head Coach Terry Axel honored the members of the cross country team with their varsity letters and other awards on Tuesday night.
Junior Shaylin Curtis was named the Most Valuable Player for the girls squad after taking seventh place at the Far West League district championships in late October.
“I wanted to place in the top five, so I was a little disappointed with my finish,” Curtis said. “But, I’m going to work hard and make it try and happen next year.”
Most Valuable Player for the boys team went to Kyle Gordon who emerged as a leader for the team, according to Axel.
Axel awarded what seemed to be joke awards called the Golden Bucket, but he made sure everyone understood they were awards of honor and not jokes.
“If someone runs so hard in a race that they puke at the end, they deserve an award,” he said. “Counting tonight I’ve only given six in 17 years of coaching.”
At Tuesday night’s banquet senior Roxy Gothard received her second Golden Bucket award and Mikaela George received her first.
Brandi Rodgers was named Rookie of the Year for the girls’ team.
“She has the kind of attitude that coaches really appreciate,” Axel said. “Always there and ready to work.”
The award for Most Improved went to Jessica Fernandez, who improved on her season opening time of 25 minutes to 23:01.
On the boys’ team, freshman Shane Graham was named the Rookie of the Year for the 2011 season.
Freshman Dylan Hiller was named the most improved on the season, who went from running a 23:24 at the beginning of the season to running a 20:43 at the FWL championships.
Zac Anderberg was given the nod as the Most Inspirational for the boys’ season.
The cross country team is graduating only four seniors; two girls, Jessica Fernandez, and two boys, Nick Ensley and Diondre Runyan, and hopes to build on the youth of the team for a FWL championship.