The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for September 22, 2011.
Stephanie Rexus, Sr., Kamiakin
Big expectations come with wearing a Braves cross country uniform these days. But even by Kamiakin standards, this four-year varsity performer is running at a lofty pace.
Rexus placed second at the New Balance Festival of Champions in Oregon City over the weekend, running a torrid 18 minutes, 23 seconds, the sixth-fastest 5-kilometer time in the state this season.
Earlier in the week, she ran an 18:23 on a 3-mile course to set a course record at Eastmont High and lead Kamiakin to a 1-2-3 finish in a CBBN 3A meet in which the Braves scored a perfect 15 points against five of six opponents.
“Since it’s my senior year, I’ve got to make it good,” said Rexus, who placed eighth at state last year. “I’ve worked extra hard. I can’t afford to have a bad season.”
Favorite food: Pie
Favorite athlete: Bernard Lagat
Most like to meet: Keith Urban
Unusual talents: Drawing
Sports highlight: Team got to state last year for the first time since 2003
Favorite class: Art
Prerace ritual: Subway spicy Italian sandwich for lunch
Favorite movie: The Other Guys
Favorite TV show: The Office
Best song on your iPod: Someone Like You by Adele
Career plans: Art teacher
Favorite course: Lawrence Scott Park
Dream vacation: Hawaii
Favorite place: New York City
If I had a million dollars: Charity, college and nice clothes
Bryce Leavitt, Sr., Kennewick
Leavitt’s first half against Eastmont last Friday was a whole lot of good.
The Lions quarterback was 8-for-10 passing for 197 yards and four touchdowns before the break in a 41-0 shutout of the Wildcats.
“We knew we would be a very good team, (but) that 41-0 score, that might be a bit of a surprise,” he said. “But we had a pretty good feeling that this could be a special season.”
After three blowout wins to open the season, the Lions get their toughest test this week when they square off with rival Kamiakin at what figures to be a rockin’ Lampson Stadium.
“I’m looking forward to playing in that crazy atmosphere,” Leavitt said. “But once the game starts, I’ll ignore all that and do my job.”
Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo
Favorite athlete: Manu Ginobili
Most like to meet: John Wooden
Famous relatives: President John Adams through marriage — so my grandma says
Sports memory: Making the assist to Devven Ramos on the buzzer-beater to beat Hanford in basketball
Favorite class: T.A. for Mrs. Taylor-Julian’s reading class.
Favorite movie: The Town
Favorite TV show: Two and a Half Men
Best song on your iPod: Rack City by Tyga
Career plans: Lawyer
Dream vacation: Jamaica
Favorite place: San Diego
If I had a million dollars: I’d give some to charity, but that’s not the first thing I’d do.
Coaches nominations: Mike Olson, Jr., Liberty Christian football (11-for-12 passing for 271 yards, 3 TDs and no INTs, and scored rushing TD in win over Echo); Tyler Morris, Jr., Liberty Christian (scored 26 of his team’s 50 points — 3 TD catches and a 50-yard run).
Nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received by noon Sunday.