Boca Raton freshman Pia Beaulieu named cross-country runner of year


2017 PALM BEACH POST GIRLS CROSS-COUNTRY ALL-AREA TEAM

RUNNER OF THE YEAR

Pia Beaulieu, Boca Raton, Fr.

Why: She improved as the season progressed and finished fifth at the Class 4A state championships in 18:23.52, just shy of her personal best. She was also a regional champion at 18:25.57. Finished second at the county championships at 18:30.45.

What was the highlight of your season? Getting fifth in states and consistently improving my times.

When did you first start playing your sport? I first started running track (800 meters and mile) in sixth grade. However, this was my first year ever running cross-country, and I could not have done it without my amazing coach and parents constantly pushing me to be the best I can be. I never truly train like other athletes in this sport since my main sport is soccer. One day I picked up the sport, and now it is part of me and I absolutely love competing.

What are your college plans? I look forward to continued success in track, cross-country, soccer, and academics in the hope that they propel me to an Ivy League or Division I school.

Who is the athlete you most admire, and why? Carli Lloyd (U.S. women’s soccer team) is my biggest inspiration because I feel as if I can relate to her “young life’’ and I aspire to be just like her one day.

What is the song that gets you most pumped up before a meet? The two songs that get me the most pumped up before a meet are “Glorious” by Macklemore and “Glamorous” by Fergie.

What’s your favorite social media tool and why? Snapchat, because it allows you to communicate in a way that is like no other media page.

What was your favorite movie this year? “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

COACH OF THE YEAR

Doug Horn, Spanish River

Team finished first at the county, district and regional meets. His team finished 13th at the Class 4A state championships, which was the best by any county girls team. They also finished second at the Spanish River Invitational.

FIRST TEAM

Sydnee Calder, Boca Christian, 8th: Had a seventh-place finish at the Class 1A meet (19:16.87). Was a district champ with personal-best time (19:03.10) and regional runner-up (20:30.49). Fifth at country meet (19:48.36).

Lillian Clarkson, Spanish River, So.: Was fourth at district (20:20.14), eighth at region (20:16.94) and 39th at Class 4A state meet (19:59.00). Finished eighth at the country championships.

Ali Del Re, Jupiter, So.: Had a solid season, despite battling injuries. Was a district champion (19:30.64). Placed 19th at regional at 21:10.51. Finished third at Spanish River Invitational (19:18.51).

Margaret McClure, Cardinal Newman, Sr.: While running in first Class 2A state meet, she finished 31st with a personal-best time (19:35.03). Third at district (20:09) and 12th at region (20:46.10).

Nicole McGrath, Palm Beach Central, Sr.: Placed 35th at Class 4A state meet with a time of 18:41.19. Was fourth at regional (19:37.11) and second at district (19:38,99). Was sixth at county meet (20:02.62).

Breanna Pina, Park Vista, Jr.: Finished third at the district meet (20:15.50). She followed that by placing 19th at the Class 4A regional at 21:07.34. Helped her team to fifth place at Spanish River Invitational.

Rylee Pustilnik, Spanish River, So.: The Post’s runner of the year last year. Finished ninth at Class 4A state meet (18:45.46), second at region (18:38) and district (18:38.06). Won county championship at (18:21.82).

Mia Rodriguez, King’s Academy, 8th: Had a personal-best of 19:22 while finishing second at district meet. Ran 19:57.09, finishing 18th at Class 1A meet. Helped Lions to district title and was a regional runner-up.

Eleanor Tymorek, St. Andrew’s, Fr.: Was 15th at the Class 2A state meet, while running a personal-best 19:02.63. Won district title (19:37) and was seventh at regional (20:29.73). Was fourth at county meet (19:41.81).

HONORABLE MENTION

Boca Raton: Jada Fernandez, Victoria Stewart; Boca Christian: Sena Erickson, Paola Orellana; Donna Klein: Rosalie Weiss; Dwyer: Niah Pierre, Raven Ramos; John I. Leonard: Jurni Juergen; Jupiter: Breielle Pearce; King’s Academy: Avery Fronrath, Sophia Rodriguez; Lake Worth Christian: Emily Castillo; Olympic Heights: Camila Gabarrin; Oxbridge Academy: Beatriz Amorim, Catherine Boynton; Palm Beach Central: Lindsey Miller, Sydney Oswald; Palm Beach Gardens: Elly Murillo; Park Vista: Jade Steele, Morgan Velazquez; St. John Paul II: Brandi Antonio, Celena Liguori, Amber Lopez; Somerset Canyons: Sarah Lentz; Spanish River: Emma Brock, Victoria Siqueira; Suncoast: Hanna Emerson; Wellington: Caitlin Lopez, Francesca Wight.



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