The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for October 5, 2010.
Aaron Nelson, Senior, Walla Walla
The rest of the state has a new cross country runner to chase down. Nelson finished second at the Sunfair Invitational on Saturday in a time of 15 minutes, 15.5 seconds. He easily defeated all other CBBN participants and lost only to an Idaho runner.
“I’m pretty happy with the time,” Nelson said. “It was a good time on a hard course in hot weather. I’m not really happy with second place. I’d like to get down to 15 minutes for a 5k.”
Favorite food: Pancakes with maple syrup
Most like to meet: Steve Prefontaine
Favorite class: Anatomy
Prerace ritual: Have a bagel
Best song on iPod: Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
Career plans: Coaching
Kie Johnson, Senior, Hanford
Not many leading scorers would be willing to switch to defense, but Johnson did it for her soccer team, and has it ever helped. Since she switched to central defender, the Falcons have been unstoppable, outscoring opponents 7-0 in three victories.
“My coach told me I needed to go back and play central defense,” she said. “It doesn’t bother me. It is really about the team and whatever helps the team out.”
Favorite food: Kung-Pow chicken
Most like to meet: Taylor Lautner, from Twilight movies
Pregame ritual: Drink 32-ounce fruit punch Gatorade
Must-have on the road: Mr. Moo Moo, a stuffed animal
Career plans: I don’t want to sit behind a desk
* Coaches nominations: Zach Simpkins, Liberty Christian football (22 carries, 246 yards and 2 TDs; 20 tackles on defense in win over Garfield-Palouse).
Nominations should be sent to email@example.com and must be received by noon on Sunday.