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Gamer of the Week given to TVCS freshman

May. 10, 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 Cara Taylor of Teays Valley Christian School.

The Teays Valley Christian School girls track team won the West Virginia Christian Athletics Tournament (WVCAT) state track meet this past weekend by more than 60 points. Contributing a large majority of the points and taking home the high point trophy was freshman standout Cara Taylor. She finished first in the 800m (2:43.29), 1600m (6:01.69), 3200m (13:02) and discus. If that was not enough, she set three meet records in the 800m, 1600m and 3200m with those times. She was also part of the 4x400 relay team which finished first and also competed in the shot put placing 3rd.

When talking to Cara about her season she said "At the beginning of the season I didn't think I would be able to run because I had injured my tibia but through prayer and support from my team I was able to finish the season. I tried to do my best at every meet and I wanted to encourage other people to do well."

The Lions track team's theme this season was "Steal my show," meaning that in everything they did they wanted to give God the glory and the spotlight. Cara tried to live this theme at every meet.

Cara's coach Aubrey Morris described her as the most encouraging and humble athlete you will meet.

"Cara will stay at the finish line once she has completed her race and cheer on her teammates and other commentators and then congratulate them when they are finished. She doesn't want the spotlight, she just loves the sport," said Morris. "When teachers ask her how she did at a meet Cara would respond with 'I did my best.' She doesn't like to mention that she won or set a new personal record because she doesn't want to seem like she is bragging."

Cara credits her inspiration and motivation to run and finish well to God and her coaches.

"God is always first," she said. "Praying to Him and asking Him for strength through this season has been the biggest thing to help me. My coaches encouraged my team and worked with us on the different events to help us improve throughout the year."

Cara also plays volleyball and basketball at Teays Valley Christian School and is an active member of her church. This summer she will be attending a mission's trip to New York with Next Step Ministries to help build houses for The Sandy Relief, pray with people and lead worship.

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.

Courtesy of Brad Coleman of Teays Physical Therapy Center.