Athlete of the Week — Rebecca Grusby, Girls Cross Country

Our athlete of the week is Junior Rebecca Grusby.  According to Cross Country Coach, Steve McChesney, “Rebecca is having an incredible season by any standards so far.  She already owns the 5th fastest 5K time in our school history and has been named a Globe All Star.  She is running at a level well above that right now.  It will be fun to see how far she can go this season.  Rebecca has faced some of the best competition over our first two meets and is undefeated while breaking one course record and nearly breaking another.  Last week, Rebecca won on our home Cold Spring course, beating Maya Halprin-Adams of Cambridge, who was All-State runner up in the indoor 1000 meters and is the top returning girl in the state in that event.  Rebecca was close to our course record that day, and I believe that she can get it next week as we face Wayland and Waltham.

On Tuesday, she ran one of the finest races of our storied history as she broke one of the toughest course records in the state at Lincoln-Sudbury.  The record was set in 2009 by All-State champion and now Georgetown star, Andrea Keklak.  That race featured 5 girls who had broken 5:00 in the mile and had won 6 individual All State titles in distance events.  That was the fastest total dual meet in state history.  I was not sure if I would coach long enough to see that course record go down.  Rebecca beat it by 15 seconds while winning the NS-LS meet by a whopping 48 seconds over Ariel Keklak, who is also a star for LS.  Our dual meet Tuesday was also a great field, as LS is currently ranked #1 in the state and we are ranked 11th in the state.  The best part is that Rebecca looks so relaxed on the course and is clearly having a lot of fun.”