Diamond in the Rough
Emily Cole could be Region II's best runner
Originally Appeared on Vype
In a district where being fast can often mean just being good, being the best means you’re also in line to be a regional champion.
As District 15-6A goes, so goes Region 2 most cross-country experts will say. Since 2011, the district that includes The Woodlands and College Park has either produced the individual regional champion or the team championship or both.
Along with The Woodlands and College Park, you now have an upstart Klein team that could have the fastest 5k runner in senior Emily Cole. As of early October, Cole had the fastest 5,000-meter time in Houston at 18 minutes and 13 seconds.
Cole has taken nearly two minutes off her race time from 2017 and is primed for an individual district crown. Much of this improvement can be attributed to Cole cutting down on participation in multiple sports.
“Prior to this season I was competing in four sports – volleyball, basketball, cross country and track,” Cole said.
Cole also is a versatile athlete in the sport of track, competing in the 5000m, 3200m, 1600m, 800m and 2000m steeplechase events, respectively.
“I decided last track season to concentrate only on running,” Cole said. “So I changed my diet and started working on nutrition and becoming what Coach (Tim) McGuire calls a 24-hour athlete.”
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