October 27, 2011
Alexandra Stokes is the kind of athlete every coach hopes to have on their team. The Albemarle cross country captain is a friend and role model to all of her teammates, leading by example in the classroom and on the course.
"She has been a consistent force on the team for four full years," said head coach Cathy Coffman of her senior athlete. "Especially with the younger girls, encouraging them to be the best that they can and be mentally tough."
"These girls are really close to me," said Alexandra when asked about being a leader. "It's a sport I really care about and I want them to enjoy it as much as I do."
Alexandra is among the top seven Patriot runners, a feat that is extra rewarding after struggling her entire high school career with anemia. A discovery that wasn't realized until her junior season.
"My times had slowly gotten slower since freshman year," said the senior. "We finally figured out when I ran one of my worst races on the easiest course that I had anemia."
Despite the added challenge to workouts and discouraging times, Alexandra continued to run and this season finally exceeded her top time from freshman year. The senior finished in 20:31 at the MileStat Invitational to end the regular season on October 15.
I was really excited because now that means for my future races, I could probably, hopefully, break it again."
"It's been really exciting to finally see all that work for four years, as a senior finally pay off," said Coach Coffman. "She's finally faster than she was freshman year."