EAST BEND - While running the Mountain Valley Conference meet, Forbush freshman Macy Johnson’s plan was to hold her ground until the final mile.
But knowing she had more to give, Johnson made her move early.
The freshman runner started working on passing the leaders at the second-mile mark - and it payed off. Johnson cruised to the conference crown, finishing more than 30 seconds ahead of the second-place runner, with a time of 21:30.
“Macy did an amazing job listening to her body. I told her to hold her ground until the third mile then start working on passing the leader,” coach Stephanie Doby said. “But she knew she had more to give and so she made her move at the second-mile point.
“Macy has really worked hard this year and deserves this honor,” she added.
With the first-place finish, Johnson was named as the MVAC Girls Runner of the Year.
Johnson’s title helped the young Lady Falcons finish second overall, coming in just behind Ashe County, 60-57.
“The team worked really hard this year,” Doby explained. “They did some crazy workouts though out the season and did not complain. I am proud of them for running with heart and guts.”
Behind Johnson, Pagie Keaten raced to a sixth-place finish with a time of 22:50. Katey Driver added another top-15 finish for Forbush, coming in 14th-place at 24:37.
On the boys side, Alec Faircloth turned in a top-five finish at the conference meet, placing fourth with a time of 19:00.
Faircloth helped the Falcons finish fourth in the final team standings, one point behind Wilkes Central for third.
Ben Wall added a 13th-place finish with a time of 19:58 as the top 15 runners from both groups were named to the MVAC all-conference team.
Both teams are preparing for the 2A/1A Regional Meet, set for Saturday at Beeson Park in Kernersville.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.