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HHS cross country runner presented Female Gamer of the Week Award

Oct. 05, 2012 @ 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 Tori Dent of Hurricane High School.

Tori Dent has been dominating her competition this year in West Virginia girls cross country. She has won 4 out of 5 meets and is currently ranked 5th in the state in girls AAA cross country according to runwv.com. On Sept. 22, she placed first at the meet at Rio Grande, Ohio, with a time of 19:37. This past weekend she and her team competed at the Midwest Meet of Champions in Hilliard, Ohio, where she ran a personal record of 19:26 and placed 15th.

"I went into that race just running for time. I knew that there were girls that were a lot better than me but I went in wanting to do my best and I feel I did that. It was exciting and fun to run a bigger meet because we don't get to those very often," Tori said about her latest meet.

She feels good about the rest of the season as well. "This year has been different from last year. I am going into every race to win instead of just performing well because I know that I can and I feel that I have been doing well."

Coach Bill Posey is very pleased with Tori's performances this season but knows that she has even more to give. "She has progressed really well this season and does well from the front of the pack. I think that the time she ran at the Midwest Meet of Champions is a good time but I feel that her potential is much greater," said Coach Posey. Both she and Coach Posey are confident going into the last part of the season for conference, regionals and the state meet, especially now that two of their top five runners are coming back from injuries that have kept them out for a large part of the season.

We asked Tori who in her life has been her motivation for running and racing and her response was her father Chuck Dent. "My dad has been that person in my life that has inspired me to work hard at running. My dad was a great runner in high school and still runs about 80 miles a week so he is the one who gave me these abilities. I feel that any athlete who has the ability to do something well should not take that for granted and should work hard with what they have."

Tori also runs track and last season at the state meet she placed 2nd in the 800m and 1600m race and was a part of the 4x800 relay team that placed 4th in AAA Girls. She currently has a 3.5 GPA.

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, is the Potential PLUS Instructor at Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc.