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Male Athlete of the Week
by Maurice Dixon
November 19, 2012 10:30 AM | 2911 views | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The competitive nature and mental toughness required to run cross country is part of what makes Woodward Academy sophomore Drew Sands so good at it.

“He is as competitive as any runner we have had at Woodward,” cross country coach Tim Hamling said. “He wants to win in any competition — whether it’s a cross country race or some other contest we create — and this competitiveness drives him to be successful.”

“I played baseball and football but it’s just physical to me,” Sands said. “I like running because it’s all mental and it’s a lot harder.”

As a result of this mentality, Sands finished sixth in the Class AAA Cross Country Finals and led his team to a second-place finish in Carrollton on Nov. 10.

“He was our No. 1 finisher in all eight races that we ran this year,” Hamling said.

Last year, Sands finished 11th in the state finals.

“I’ve got better at finishing a race strong,” Sands said. “Last year, I kind of just eased it in. I got better at working at the last mile, running faster and negative more.”

Sands, who has a 3.9 GPA and an interest in medicine, is currently training for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in Charlotte on Nov. 24.

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