Monday, November 29, 2010

Future American Olympians

"Hannah Oneda is still surprised at what she accomplished in cross country this fall even though her coaches and fellow Winters Mill runners can’t imagine why.

"Oneda went from wowing WM coach Kelly Gruber on the first day of practice to almost winning the Class 2A state championship Nov. 13. Oneda put together a three-month stretch for the ages, winning eight of her 10 races and creating some excitement on the county’s girls cross country scene en route to being named Times Girls Runner of the Year.

"Maybe it was the junior’s impressive two-mile interval times back on Aug. 14. Or her methodical dominance on courses around the region. It could have been her beating Century senior Maura Linde, perhaps the greatest female runner in Carroll history, four times in six matchups.

"Maybe it was the weird shoes....

Sounds like she's got a great coach:

"...On Sept. 4, Oneda won the Clear Spring Invitational by 35 seconds. The finish and time took her aback. It didn’t faze her coaches. Oneda remembers boys coach Dan Replogle talking with her before the race.

"'He was like, "I hope you know the last mile, right?" I was like, "Yeah, why?"' she recalled. 'He said, "I wanted to make sure you know where you’re going the last mile, because you’ll probably be ahead of everyone." I was thinking, "Are you crazy? No way!"'

"'After the race, I came back and said, "Why is he always right?"'