The Richmond Register

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November 5, 2006

Shelton, Wimberly help Model win first-ever region title

RICHMOND — As the defending region girls cross country champion, Rebecca Shelton knew the field would try to hunt her down. However, it was the junior and her teammates that tracked down some personal and team goals in the 2006 Class A Region 5 meet Saturday at Battlefield Park in Richmond.

“I was really nervous,” Shelton said of her pre-race thoughts. “I knew that I won it last year, and I was going to be someone that other people wanted to catch. But, I knew if I held strong they would probably fall off and I was really glad to see (teammate) Mary Ellen (Wimberly) right behind me. And that helped me keep my pace, even though I was by myself.”

Wimberly and Shelton finished first and third last year, but this year broke loose around the one-mile mark and never looked back to take the top two spots for the Lady Patriots.

The one-two finish, plus solid performances from Kate Wimberly, Leila Cahill and Chelsea Harnack helped secure a first-ever region team title under the direction of fourth-year head coach Jason Moncer.

Kate Wimberly finished ninth in a time of 21:58.15 which was a goal of hers at the beginning of the season. The senior captain wanted to get her time under 22 minutes.

“Phenomenal job overall,” Moncer said of his team’s performance. “I’m very impressed with not just our one and two runners, Becca and Mary Ellen, but Leila finished really well. Chelsea didn’t have a great race, but she was a good time and I was really impressed with her toughness to just finish. I’m amazed with Kate Wimberly. She had a goal to be under 22 by the end of her senior year and this year and she hit it. I’m just so happy for her to see her get that goal.”

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