Runner of the year, Stephanie Schappert, Pope John Paul II, senior

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Was the dominant girl runner for the second consecutive year in South Florida, winning the Palm Beach County and Tri-County championships as well as district and regional titles. OF NOTE: Took pursuit of a third consecutive Class 2A state title to the limit before collapsing just short of the finish line on the final hill. She showed fortitude in getting up and finishing third in a season-best time of 18:08.50. … Committed to run at Villanova, winner of the past two NCAA women's cross country titles. Her sister, Nicole, was a senior on the Wildcats' 2009 championship team. ATHLETE'S QUOTE: "Obviously I'm a little bummed out about how the season ended. I think it's something I can learn from. I can't wait for track so I can get out and redeem myself. And I'm so excited about starting a new career at Villanova. I'm going to a great team with a history of track and field like no other school in the country."
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