Jamestown junior Thorin Jean saved her best race for the 4A championships at Great Meadow in The Plains and as a result, earned 2016 Virginia Gazette Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year honors.
Reserving that race, in which she ran 19:10 and finished 12th, as her best is noteworthy considering her PR was a school-record 18:53 earlier in the season on Jamestown's home course.
But the 19:10 at states in November came with higher stakes and on a tougher course. At least, it was the most satisfying accomplishment of the season for Jean.
"It was really amazing especially since the course kind of had some big hills toward the end that kind of slowed me down," Jean...