Hurricane's Jake Henley receives nod
The Hurricane High Boys Cross Country Team capped off a great season with a sixth-place finish at the States this past Saturday. Junior Redskins leader, Jake Henley, finished fifth overall in AAA.
"The beginning of the year for me was the middle of the cross country season due to the fact that I transferred over from St. Albans High School and I needed to wait to become eligible to compete. My goal at the beginning of the year was to get into the low 16's and I came in 16:15 so I was truly happy with that finish."
Head coach and proud father Jason Henley had this to say about his junior runner, "For him to do what he's done in the last six to eight weeks of the season, coming in unranked and without a team at the start of the season, is just phenomenal. He's very determined and when he sets his sights on something it's rare that he doesn't work as hard as he can to achieve it. He's got a strong work ethic. When it comes to his running and training, he is an extremely hard worker. He also brings a strong leadership presence to the team; he wants to be successful and he wants his team to be successful as well."
When asked about his performance this season, Jake answered, "I do a lot of base mileage before I do my workouts, which are designed to increase speed and endurance at the same time so I can go as hard as I can for a longer period of time."
The Redskins are hungry for an even better finish next season. "We are returning our top seven runners so we look forward to a great season next year. We have two strong freshman as well as an amazing sophomore and three outstanding juniors, so we look to dominate the field next season," Coach Henley said.
Son of Jason Henley and Melissa Agee, Jake has a 3.0 GPA and is an active youth member at the First Baptist Church of St. Albans and Crossroads Community Chapel in Winfield. He is also a member of the HHS Track Team.
"Jake has a very strong interest in running at the collegiate level but is focused on a strong track season this spring to set up a great senior year of Cross Country."
Jake credits his dad with a lot of his success, "One of the coolest things I have here is my dad as a coach. He's definitely a source of inspiration for me because he's been there and has done everything running-wise. Also, this is something I'm good at that I can glorify God through."
Please look for Jake and other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Gamer of the Week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.
Matt Smith, MS, ATC, CSCS, is the Potential PLUS Program Director at Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.
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