Athlete Spotlight: Erin Wheeler (Northside) Nov 2, 2010

Northside senior Erin Wheeled had a nice tuneup race leading up to the VHSL State Championships next weekend. She put down an 18:09 5K personal best performance at Rockingham County Fairgrounds to claim the Region III cross country title. Wheeler's performance on Tuesday certainly sets the tone for the rest of this regional week for other top female runners in the state to try to match her run. Less than 12 months ago, Wheeler was running over 20 minutes for 5K and not in serious contention for All-State top 15 honors. Fast forward to present day and Wheeler is now setting herself up to be one of the top darkhorse challengers for the Group AA state race and has a goal to shatter 18 minutes next month at Foot Locker South. interviewed Wheeler following her big win at the Region III Championships...