Runner of the Year: Cameron Lee, Dan River, Sr.
The stats: finished 13th at 2A state meet, earning All-State honors … finished 5th at 2A West regional meet … state and regional finishes were best among local runners … runner-up at Conference 37 meet … won 5 of his 10 regular-season meets including the Greater Danville Cross Country Jamboree ... finished 19th in the Southern Regional Foot Locker Cross Country Championship featuring the best senior runners from around the Southeast … 2A West first-team All-Region
Q: What is your favorite moment from this year?
A: “Probably accomplishing my long-term goal from my freshman year of making All-State. I’m the first person to do it [at Dan River], so it feels really good. It was a cool moment.”
Q: How did making All-State become your goal?
A: “I started [cross country] originally to condition for soccer. And then came out and did pretty well at it. I realized I was 20 seconds from making it to states as a freshman. So I came back the next year, determined to go to states and I did that. So then, I was like ‘by my senior year I’m going to have a pretty good shot at All-State.’ And thankfully I got it this year.”
Q: Were you happy with your performance in states and regionals?
A: “Especially in regionals. I was really surprised there because some of the guys I was competing against had really good times, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out, but ended up getting fifth, which was great.”
Q: After originally starting running for soccer conditioning, have you come to really enjoy running?
A: “Cross country became my favorite. It took over soccer as my No. 1 priority.”
Q: Do you still play soccer?
A: “Yeah. It’s my second-favorite to do.”
Q: What was the turning point of liking cross country more than soccer?
A: “I was the No. 1 runner on the team as a freshman, and it was more first race at the [Greater Danville Cross Country] Jamboree, so it was like everybody from the whole area, and I went out and I medaled there. Then I medaled at all the races until regionals. Being so close to states — 20 seconds — as a freshman was just a crazy turning point. It made me think I could have a future in this potentially.”
Q: Were you surprised you were that good so quickly?
A: “I was. I remember me and my dad came up here the first time just training before the season started and I was struggling, like cramping really bad.”
Q: Was making All-State your favorite moment of your career or was it something else?
A: “It was one of them. I also remember my first time qualifying for states, my sophomore year. After the meet everybody was having a good time and was kind of hype and [my teammates] picked me up and carried me to the bus on their shoulders. That was pretty cool.”
Q: What does your future in cross country look like?
A: “I’ve had a few visits and a few offers. The University of Charleston in West Virginia is really sticking out. Concord University up there, who went to nationals this past year. I’ve had a few Division I offers like Radford.”
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: “Lionel Messi. And I’m a Cowboys fan, so of course I like Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.”
Q: Who’s on your music playlist right now?
A: “There’s some Kanye West on there, Jay Z, Drake.”
Q: Kanye or Drake?
Q: Coke or Pepsi?
A: “I don’t really drink soda often, but if I had to choose: Coke.”
Q: If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Q: If you could meet any person, dead or alive, who would it be?
A: “Steve Prefontaine, the greatest distance runner ever.”
Q: What’s your favorite subject in school?
A: “History. I really enjoyed studying World War II.”
Cameron Lee, Dan River, Sr.
Colin Henry Stevens, Galileo, Jr.
The stats: runner-up at 1A state meet … runner-up at 1A East regional meet … won at Conference 44 meet … first-team All-State … top runner on Galileo’s team that qualified for states … placed higher than Dan River’s Lee in 3 of their 7 head-to-head events
Dylan Cline, Gretna, So.
The stats: won at Conference 37 meet … finished 6th at 2A West regional meet … finished 67th at 2A state meet … top runner on Gretna’s 2A West regional and Conference 37 championship teams
Hunter Cline, Gretna, Sr.
The stats: finished 16th at 2A state meet … finished 19th at 2A West regional meet … finished 5th at Conference 37 meet … helped Gretna win 2A West regional and Conference 37 team titles
Walker Cline, Gretna, So.
The stats: finished 7th at 2A West regional meet … finished 19th at 2A state meet … finished 3rd at Conference 37 meet … helped Gretna win 2A West regional and Conference 37 team titles
Heath Doss, Gretna, Sr.
The stats: finished 4th at Conference 37 meet … finished 14th at 2A West regional meet … finished 53rd at 2A state meet … helped Gretna win 2A West regional and Conference 37 team titles
Ethan Doss, Gretna, Sr.
The stats: finished 37th at 2A state meet … finished 35th at 2A West regional meet … finished 8th at Conference 37 meet … helped Gretna win 2A West regional and Conference 37 team titles
Angelo Lamonthe, Galileo, Sr.
The stats: finished 42nd at 1A state meet … finished 30th at 1A East regional meet … finished 17th at Conference 44 meet
Luke Vest, Tunstall, So.
The stats: finished 7th at Conference 30 meet … finished 66th at 3A West regional meet
William Jones, Galileo, So.
The stats: finished 57th at 1A state meet … finished 33th at 1A East regional meet … finished 18th at Conference 44 meet
Daniel Odongo, Galileo, Jr.
The stats: finished 59th at 1A state meet … finished 34th at 1A East regional meet … finished 14th at Conference 44 meet
Owen Wood, Galileo, Fr.
The stats: finished 49th at 1A state meet … finished 45th at 1A East regional meet … finished 19th at Conference 44 meet
Zachary Gray, Tunstall, Sr.
The stats: finished 11th at Conference 30 meet … finished 83rd at 3A West regional meet
Jeremiah Slaughter, Dan River, Jr.
The stats: finished 10th at Conference 30 meet … finished 73rd at 2A West regional meet