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Lake Braddock's Sophie Chase Named Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year

Chase honored for athleticism, academics and character.

Sophie Chase has been named 2011-12 Gatorade Virginia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.

An ESPNHS team managed the selection process, which was based on "athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character," according to ESPNHS.

Chase began her running career late, by most standards.  “Although she did not start her running career until ninth grade, Sophie has excelled due to her outstanding work ethic and attention to detail,” Lake Braddock head coach Mike Mangan told ESPNHS.

The Lake Braddock junior in November. She broke the course record, too, running the three miles in 17:33, a 5:39 pace.  

Her other recent accomplishments include:

  • Washington Post Runner of the Year;
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  • Winner of the MileStat.com Invitational in a course-record time of 17:22;
  • Unbeaten in in-state competition during the fall of 2011.

Chase was also recognized for her volunteer activities with the Special Olympics and Girls on the Run non-profit organization, promoting healthy lifestyle choices among youth student-athletes. 

In addition, she donates her time as a youth running and swimming instructor. Chase herself is an accomplished swimmer.

All this while maintaining a weighted GPA of 4.19.

Anna Gibson January 24, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Congratulations! So neat to follow the progress of this young athlete. What an impressive young leader.
Gina Lincicum January 25, 2012 at 02:48 PM
She's a wonderful role model for the young kids in our neighborhood. Keep up the great work, Sophie!

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