Winfield High School Athlete Honored
By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS
Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. is pleased to present this week’s male “Gamer of the Week” Award to junior, Aaron Withrow of Winfield High School – his third such honor.
The Winfield boy’s cross-country competed in the A-AA state championships, this past week, at Cabell Midland High School. Many agreed it was more like competing in a Tough Mudder race than your usual cross-country event. Though the weather added an extra challenge for most runners, one runner surged ahead through poor running conditions to claim the state championship. Junior Aaron Withrow dominated the competition by taking first place overall and winning by an impressive 21 seconds with an overall time of 16 minutes and 9 seconds. The defending state cross-country runner up from last year’s race, Withrow had something to prove and he put an exclamation point on his victory.
When asked about what inspires him Withrow replies, “Losing is my motivation. I’m a very competitive person and running has really brought that side out in me. Since I picked this up while running in middle school, I’ve pushed myself to the limits, and yet keep coming back for more. I believe I still have a lot to prove not only around the state but also around the country as I have won the Great American Race in North Carolina and placed second in a race in Louisville this year. Whether it is in cross-country or track and field events, I want to be known as not only the best in my AA classification, but the best in West Virginia.”
As a team the Generals placed 5th place overall in the event as fellow runner Luke Lumadue placed third behind Withrow. Head coach Shawn Anderson is pleased with his team’s effort this past season. When Coach Anderson was asked about Withrow’s work ethic he replies, “Aaron has a terrific mental attitude because he runs with a chip on his shoulder because he wants to be the best and prove it to everyone. He has a lot of God-given talent and works very hard year round to stay in shape and compete against the best.’’
Withrow and his teammates are looking forward to next year’s cross-country competitions, but like many are looking to competition in the distance races this spring in track and field. The town of Winfield has brought home yet another state championship, and don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
In the classroom, Withrow has a 4.1 Grade Point Average.
His parents are Clint and Angie Withrow.
Aaron runs on the boy’s track team and runs the 800m, 1,600m, and 3,200m events and is in Mu Alpha Theta, FCA, Math Society, and Beta Club. Withrow says he is unsure on college at this time but looks forward to what opportunities running will provide for his college education.
Do you know of someone who you think should be next week’s ‘Gamer of the Week’? Please email us at MSmith@TeaysPTCenter.com and tell us why you think they should receive the award.
Please check back with us next week for the next “Gamer of the Week” sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.
Teays Physical Therapy has centers in St. Albans and Teays Valley.
Publisher’s note: This news release was provided by Teays Physical Therapy.