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Female Athlete of the Week
by Bobby Tedder
November 14, 2012 09:25 AM | 2029 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
Decatur sophomore Wren Ballou
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Decatur sophomore Wren Ballou
Wren Ballou, an underclassman, has grown accustomed to her role as a leader on the Decatur High girls’ cross country team.

The sophomore co-captain led Decatur to a berth at the GHSA state meet — its first in seven years. As usual, Ballou, the Lady Bulldogs’ No. 1 runner, paced her squad en route to a top 15 finish in Class AAA.

“She’s been really consistent,” said Decatur coach Claire McCarty. “She’s very talented in lots of different aspects.”

“She’s played a big part in bringing our team together,” McCarty added. “She’s our leader in running … she practices hard, she runs hard and it shows.”

Ballou racked up multiple top 10 finishes en route to putting together a stellar year — both individually and as a contributor on an up and coming team.

According to her coach, Ballou is just scratching the surface in terms of her potential.

“She’s improved a lot,” said McCarty. “She’s really focused — distance running takes a different kind of focus than other sports.

“I’m looking forward to her next two years … seeing her make it to state and seeing how much better she can perform.”

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