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Hurricane's Dent named Gamer of the Week

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 09:15 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.

Hurricane Highs girls cross country team is one of the toughest in the state. They have won multiple races as a team including the Hurricane Invitational a few weeks ago. These girls are looking strong going into the second half of the year and leading this group is senior Tori Dent. According to RunWV.com, Tori is ranked in the top 10 among AAA girl runners and her team is ranked second, sandwiched between Morgantown and Winfield.

"I think we have a great shot at taking the conference and regional titles and the State title is up for grabs. It's anybody's game and anything could happen," said Tori about the team's possibilities this year.

Tori missed a few races early in the season due to an injury but has since placed first in the Hurricane Invitational running a 20:23.7 and the Ripley Covered Bridge Invitational running a 20:36.9.

"The injury wasn't bad but I didn't want to make it worse so I just rested and rehabbed and it has not bothered me since," she said. This past week, the Hurricane girls traveled to North Carolina for the Great American Cross Country Festival, where they ran in the Girls Race of Champions. Tori finished 50th out of 139 athletes and ran a 19:31.8.

"We were not used to racing with such a big competitive group, but it was a good experience. I was hoping to run in the low 18's but I learned from the race and had a good experience," she said.

Coach Jason Hensley has been very pleased with Tori's performances this season and says she has not lost anything from her injury. "She was able to maintain her conditioning and rehab her injury to where she came out her first meet and won at the Ripley meet. She is looking strong," said Hensley. One of the surprises this year for Coach Hensley has not been her running abilities but her leadership. "Tori has come out this season and shown her leadership abilities. She is encouraging to the other girls and leads by example. The other girls see her dedication and hard work and where it has gotten her and they want to follow."

We asked Tori who has been her inspiration for running and competing in athletics and she said her dad and her coach. "My dad has always been there for me and helped me to do my best. He even comes and does my workouts with me. He has taught me about his successes with running in high school and college and I have looked up to him. Coach has been like a second dad to me and the rest of the team. He always wants you to do your best and have fun," she said.

Tori is also a member on the Hurricane girls track team and also competes in indoor meets during the winter between cross country and track season. She has a 3.7 GPA.

Look for Tori and 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, Inc.