After dominating races week after week for the second season in a row, Daviess County’s own Lucy Spaw has earned the title of the 2022 Girls Cross Country Player of the Year
“It’s an honor to be selected as the Owensboro Times Female Runner of the Year again,” Spaw said. “Accomplishments such as this will be memories that one day I will look back on and be proud to share.”
Spaw is well-deserving of receiving the honor for back-to-back seasons, having helped the Lady Panthers grab their 16th straight First Region Championships by placing first individually with a time of 20:05.86. Daviess County then finished 10th in a field of 37, posting an average time of 20:57.20 with Spaw leading the way in 38th place (20.06.60).
Lucy said that dedication and determination were the biggest keys to her success this season, as she was able to overcome some hip issues and challenges physically. With goals of helping lead and develop a young team for success and earning Team City/County and Regional Championships coming into the year, Spaw is more than pleased with the way she and her team competed.
“I am proud of myself and my teammates’ accomplishments this season,” Spaw said. “Cross country is truly a team sport, and I wouldn’t be nearly as successful without my teammates pushing me.”
Lucy is thankful for all of the memories she’ll have of this year and wanted to show gratitude towards her parents, teammates, past coaches, Lady Panthers Head Coach Josh Bratcher for helping her and the girls have a strong year.
“I will cherish the friendships made with our graduating seniors and incoming freshmen, developing a bond with all the XC family members, and traveling together for our annual Gatlinburg summer camp,” Spaw said. “Camp is always the highlight of the year.”