After two state runner-ups and one state championship Ryann Helmers enters the season as one of the fastest and most decorated runners in the entire state. The Albemarle senior boasts a best of 17:47, run on the state course, and is the top returning 5A runner on paper.
Ryann has another thing going for her, she is developing in the right direction and that is a huge deal when predicting what this season could be like. So much so that for three straight years Ryann has dropped over a minute in her 5K time each season. This is of course thanks to her training regiment and coaching staff focusing on the long term success of her career as well in no small part thanks to her will to make it happen.
It is tough coming close to winning a state title to just see it slip through your fingers but if outdoor track was a preview then we are in for a big show this XC season. Ryann is ready to rock the hills and face off with Tusky and the other big names of 5A this November.