Editor's note: This is an installment in a series highlighting the accomplishments of those Moffat County High School athletes named All-Conference and All-Conference honorable mention during the 2000-2001 athletic seasons.
For the junior Beth White, running has turned out to be a life-long fixation. She started in cross country when she was in seventh grade and has gone nowhere but up from there.
White finished in eighth place in regionals this fall, a position which helped her earn her third All-Conference title, one for each year of her high school career.
"I was ahead of everyone on our team at regionals, but at the end I just didn't have enough kick to finish up well, so I ended up toward the back," White said.
The eighth-place finish at regionals was good enough to get White to state, where she was able to finish 18th, and help the Lady 'Dogs to a championship title. Her finish at state also earned White an All-State honorable mention, her second in high school. She won her first her freshman year.
"It was fun to win state this year. We ended up beating some pretty tough teams," she said. "Winning state as a team has meant more to me than the individual honors."
White is one of the hardest workers on the MCHS cross country team, and has the drive of a winner, according to Head Coach Mike Gleason. She trains year round, logging 25 to 30 mile a week in the winter time, and more in the summer.
"White has been one of the best girls to have on the team, she is just an all-around good kid," Gleason said.
In the spring, White competes in the two-mile run for track, though she prefers running cross country because it's not as monotonous.
"I kind of get bored with my track runs sometimes. The two-mile is eight laps around the track, and isn't as varied as cross country," she said.
A good mental attitude toward competitions is one of the strengths White brings to running, she said. She is able to keep her focus and not let herself get psyched out.
"I really try to keep my own pace in my races, and try to put the pain behind me," White said. "That were thinking positive comes in to play, it helps to finish the race."
Though White enjoys running, she doesn't know if she'll continue on after she graduates. She might consider it if offered a scholarship, but doesn't know if she wants to move her level of competition that high.
"Running's hard in high school, so the competition at the college level is really tough," White said.
White will have one more year to make up her mind about her post-graduate future, she will finish up her high school cross country and track careers first, she said.