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All-Metro girls cross country Runner of the Year: Haley Cummins, C. Milton Wright

C. Milton Wright's Haley Cummins won the Class 3A state championship in 19:00.3 over a tough Hereford course.
C. Milton Wright's Haley Cummins won the Class 3A state championship in 19:00.3 over a tough Hereford course. (Matt Button/ The Aegis)

Haley Cummins began her high school career with a big freshman season last fall, sweeping the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, Class 3A North and Class 3A state titles. She did it again this fall and was the area’s best runner.

The Mustangs sophomore completed her strong season, winning nearly every race, with a solid effort in the state meet. Cummins captured that in 19 minutes, 0.3 seconds, the second-best time among those who won a state title on the demanding Hereford course.

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Cummins also improved from last year, and that could be bad news for other area runners — she’s still got two more years left.

Coach Donnie Mickey said with Cummins it’s all about hard work and wanting to get better.

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“Haley is a great kid who works incredibly hard at what she does,” Mickey said. “She is a very driven person to the point sometimes she has to be told to not push so hard every day.”

A balanced effort enabled the Cavaliers to wrest the IAAM crown from Maryvale.

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