Girls' Cross Country Coach of the Year: Alan Versaw, The Classical Academy

By: brent w. new
December 5, 2016 Updated: December 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm
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The girls' cross country team at The Classical Academy came through when it mattered most for its coach, Alan Versaw.

Fighting through a number of injuries on an already youthful squad, the Titans had three girls finish in the top 15 on their way to a second-place finish in 3A.

It was their best finish since they won the 4A meet in 2012.

"There were some points in the season where that was in doubt," said Versaw, the Gazette Girls' Cross Country Coach of the Year. "We were dealing with some injuries and just some of the sort of things that you deal with when you deal with a number of people, but the girls pulled it together really solidly at the end.

"It was a very satisfying finish for the girls."

TCA was without senior runner Hannah Gaona at state because of injury, while a few other girls were running with minor shin problems and weren't at a 100 percent.

"This season maybe a little more than most we were just trying to keep things together," he said. "And the girls did keep it together."

The Titans will return all four scoring runners next year.

Sophomore Katie Flaherty took ninth, sophomore Chantae Steele 11th, junior McKenzie Elliott 13th, and freshman Kotryna Obergfell 30th.

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