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St. Albans' Hines is Gamer of the Week

May. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Female Gamer of the Week to Anacia Hines of St. Albans High School.

A young talent has been emerging from the St. Albans girls track team with Anacia Hines. As a sophomore, she is posting some of the best times in West Virginia in the 100- and 200-meter sprint and the 100-meter hurdle events. At the Gazette Relays this past week, Anacia placed first in the 200m sprint with a 26.33, first in the 100m hurdles with a 15.11, and 2nd in the 100m sprint with a 12.78. Her 200m and 100m hurdle time were also season bests for Anacia.

"My times have been good so far and I feel like I am peaking at the right time of the season," said Anacia about her performances.

As gifted an athlete as she is, it has not come without a great deal of work. "I practiced during the preseason for the first time and have been putting extra work in at practices. I feel like I have been improving and working hard," she said. Currently, she has the first-best 100m, second-best 110 m hurdle, and third-best 200 meter times in AAA girls track, according to RunWV.com. She also competes in the 300-meter low hurdles and has the 10th-best time in AA girls.

"She's really coming along each week. She had a slow start to the season but has worked extremely hard and is improving her personal bests each week. As long as she continues to work hard she will peak at regionals and states," said Scott James, coach of the girl's track team at St. Albans. Coach James sees this athlete continuing to improve and becoming one of the best runners in the state. He said "she's starting to realize her natural ability and knows that the best way to achieve her goals is to develop a great work ethic."

Anacia's inspiration for running comes from her family, specifically he grandmother. "I think about her before and after my races and want to please her with my hard work and performances. She was a great runner and I miss her so much," she said. Her grandmother, father and mother are all former runners for the Capitol City Striders, and Anacia is keeping that family tradition now running for them in the off season. She is also a cheerleader at St. Albans, has a 3.8 GPA and is a member of Upward Bound.

Anacia says that her ultimate goal is to make it to the Olympics. She would like to run track in college somewhere in North Carolina and study sports medicine or exercise science. As for this season, she plans to have a great performance at the WV State Meet, improve on her times from last year, and bring home a few medals.

Look for other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Female Gamer of the week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald.

Brad Coleman, MS, ATC, CSCS, works at Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc.