Area Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year: Edenton's Turner established as one of the area's top runners
The junior was the AAC Runner of the Year
By Malcolm Shields
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
SOUTH MILLS — Amy Turner entered the 2017 girls cross country season a tested runner.
After competing against some of the top runners in the region in the Class 2A Northeastern Coastal Conference the previous two seasons, Turner and the John A. Holmes cross country team dropped down from 2A to 1A in 2017 because of conference realignment.
As the season progressed, Turner established herself as one of the top runners in the conference and in the region.
Turner’s results throughout the season made her the choice as The Daily Advance’s Area Runner of the Year in girls cross country.
Turner is a two-time Area Runner of the Year selection.
Turner, a junior, was the Albemarle Athletic Conference Girls Runner of the Year, named to the league’s all-conference first team, finished in the top five at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1A East Regional in Roanoke Rapids and placed 25th at the state championship meet on Nov. 4 in Kernersville.
Tuner told the Daily Advance at the Dismal Swamp State Park that she was honored to be named Area Runner of the Year again.
“I’ve worked really hard for it,” she said. “I could not have done it without my teammates and my coaches.”
Turner added that they were always there for her.
The multi-sport athlete at Edenton noted that she did put in additional time during the summer to prepare herself for the cross country season.
Turner credited Edenton coach Matt Goetsch for stressing that she and the team work on different elements of cross country.
“He always makes sure that we are consistent with what we are working on,” Turner said.
Whether it is running hills or concentrating on sprints, working on those elements helped Turner, especially at the regional and state meet which had hills.
“Running the hills in practice definitely helped me do better,” she said.
As the season progressed, Turner posted multiple meet wins in the league.
Turner won the inaugural AAC championship girls meet on Oct. 18 at Manteo by nearly nine seconds.
Being awarded conference runner of the year was a surprise to Turner.
“I was actually shocked,” Turner said. “I didn’t think I was going to do that good.”
Turner acknowledged that Manteo’s Libby Robertson and Camden’s Hannah Healy always pushed her during league competition.
At the regional on Oct. 28, Turner posted a time of 22 minutes, 52.12 seconds to finish in fourth place.
Although the Lady Aces did not qualify for the state meet as a team, Turner’s time was one of the top five results for an individual at the meet.
That clinched her a spot at the state meet at Kernersville’s Ivey Redmon Sports Complex the next weekend.
At the state meet, Turner was the only Lady Ace on the starting line for the start of the early morning race at a chilly course.
Turner was one of more than 110 runners during the 1A state championship final.
“It’s definitely an intense moment when they are getting ready to blow the gun,” Turner said. “Your adrenaline is pumping, but it’s really special to know that I am representing my school at the state meet.”
In the final moments of the race, Turner edged out Franklin Academy’s Leah Given to secure the top 25 finish.
“It brings you down to reality,” she said.
Turner added when you see all of the runners your running against and you land in the top 25, it’s really exciting and motivating to improve.
Amy Turner, John A. Holmes, Jr.: A two-time Area Runner of the Year, A three-time All-Area team selection. Albemarle Athletic Conference Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, AAC first-team all-conference selection. Fourth place finish at the 1A East Regional. Finished 25th at the 1A State Championship meet.
Malorie Gonzalez, John A. Holmes, Jr.: AAC all-conference first team selection, 1A East Regional qualifier.
Hannah Healy, Camden, Soph.: A two-time All-Area team selection, AAC first-team selection, NCHSAA 1A East Regional qualifier, 1A State Championship qualifier.
Madison Davis, Currituck, Sr.: A four-time All-Area team member, 2017 Northeastern Coastal Conference all-conference selection, a NCHSAA 2A East Regional qualifier, 2A State Championship qualifier.
Jessica Anderson, Currituck, Jr.: A two-time All-Area team selection, a NCC all-conference pick, a 2A East Regional and State Championship meet qualifier.