I don't know if anyone else has emphasized this, but this is the first time, to my knowledge (Verzbicas?) a runner has won a national title IN THEIR FIRST SEASON OF THE SPORT. Just ridiculous talent here. Next year...showdown with Tuohy!
She ran XC two years ago in middle school, might not be a high level, but it is RUNNING and it is XC. This is not her first season running. She also ran both the mile and 2 mile in the spring at NB outdoors.