Cassidy Winter was named Limestone County Runner of the Year!
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West Limestone sophomore Cassidy Winter was named Limestone County Runner of the Year after finishing fourth at the Class 4A State Cross Country Meet earlier this month. News Courier/Jeff Edwards

 

Running goes from chore to passion for Winter

 

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com
  • Nov 25, 2017

 

When Cassidy Winter started running cross country during her seventh grade year, it was simply a chore for her. She just did it to stay in shape for basketball. But once she got out on the track she discovered it was something that came naturally to her. And she found out she really enjoyed it.

“That first summer, I was just like don't want to be here,” Winter said. “But when I found out I could win some races, and get some t-shirts, I thought 'I'm actually pretty good at this, I'll stick with it.' I've got a lot of t-shirts now.”

Winter's natural ability, plus the amount of time and work she puts in to honing her craft, is what led to her being chosen as Limestone County's Girls Runner of the Year.

Winter, a sophomore at West Limestone, consistently finished in the top five of every race she entered this cross country season, including a second place at the Class 4A sectional meet and a fourth place finish at the Class 4A state meet at the Oakville Indian Mounds Park.

A few early morning nerves at the beginning of the state meet gave way to confidence as the start of the race approached, and Winter put in a solid performance, finishing in a time of 19:45.65, just nine seconds behind the third place finisher. Her performance helped West Limestone to a fifth place finish in the team competition.

“I was pretty confident once I got on the starting line,” Winter said. “I thought there's nothing to lose, just put it all on the line. I finished better than I thought I would, as a team we finished pretty well. I was happy with where we finished.”

Winter is also the starting point guard for the West Limestone girls basketball team, and while she started running to stay in shape for that sport, it has become the sport she loves to compete in the most.

“I like the adrenaline rush and all the people that are there supporting you,” Winter said. “It' not like a basketball game where people are going to be booing you or anything, everybody there is there to cheer on the runners. People on your team cheer you on and everybody else too, even the runners from rival schools.”

Each runner has a different strategy of how they approach a race, but Winter's strategy has paid off for her at state two years in a row, as she also finished in fourth place in the 2016 state meet.

“It's different for all runners but for me I start out fast at the beginning and find somebody and just stick with them the whole rest of the race even if I'm about to fall over dead,” she said with a laugh. “That's what works for me.”

In order to stay competitive in the world of cross country, runners need to constantly run. Winter's mother Carla Winter said that is something her daughter never slacks off at.

“She runs all summer, and really all year round for last three years,” Carla Winter said. “Her summers are running. She also runs on Christmas breaks, fall breaks, and spring breaks. She'll miss out on trips and stuff sometimes but she enjoys it. It's what she loves to do.”

Cassidy runs with her sister Carlie, a seventh grader who also competed at the state meet, finishing 55th and scoring points for the Wildcats in the team competition. That is an example of the support she receives from family and friends as she continues to press on with her running career.

“Both of my parents, my church, and everybody have all been a big encouragement,” Winter said. “I've got a lot of good support from a lot of people.” 

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Reed Blankenship is freshman first team all conference and All Conference Honorable Mention. Cassidy Winter was named Limestone County Runner of the Year! Mrs. Craig, Mrs.Thrasher, our faculty, and staff are pleased to announce Nick Pepper is the most recent student to score 30 or higher on their ACT exam. American Education Week Mrs. Craig, our faculty, and staff are pleased to announce Mr. Lee Francis is our Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Craig, Mrs.Thrasher, our faculty, and staff are pleased to announce Erin Powers is the most recent student to score 30 or higher on their ACT exam.
Miss Merry Christmas: Elaree Rogers Mrs. Craig, our faculty, and staff are pleased to announce Mrs. Melba O'Connell is our Support Person of the Year! Wildcat Assembly *Congratulations to Austin Abernathy, Nick Roberson and the Girls Cross country team. West Limestone Band received all superior ratings and the announcers award for best band at the Hayden Marching band compitition Congrats to our Wendy's High School Heisman winner: Baily Browning Congrats to our Wendy's High School Heisman winner: Alex Casteel Band received Straight Superiors, Best in Class Band, Drum Major, and Challenge Cup This week is National School Bus Safety Week. Congratulations to KELSEY HOPKINS, Homecoming Queen!!! 2017 Homecoming Court Homecoming King DREW BEDDINGFIELD Mrs. Craig, Mrs.Thrasher, our faculty, and staff are pleased to announce Sawyer Graham is the most recent student to score 30 or higher on their ACT exam. Mrs. Craig, Mrs.Thrasher, our faculty, and staff are pleased to announce Hayden Bennett is the most recent student to score 30 or higher on their ACT exam. Parent's Guide to H.E.A.R. Prep football: West Limestone plans to keep on winning Kayley Kennemer is Senior Girls Finals All Around Champion as well as the Reserve World All Around Champion and the Senior Girls Breakaway Champion. Mrs. Craig, Mrs.Thrasher, our faculty, and staff are pleased to announce Austin Abernathy is the most recent student to score 30 or higher on their ACT exam. WLHS Selected to Join the ALSDE/A+ College Ready Program for 2017-2018 Congratulations Drew Beddingfield! Congratulations Branigan McPeters! Mrs. Craig, Mrs.Thrasher, our faculty, and staff are pleased to announce Ariel Gibson scored 30 or higher on her ACT exam. American Education Week