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Preps

KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: St. Charles North girls cross country’s Ashley England

Why she was selected: England won the 3A Wheaton North Regional title individually Saturday in 17:37.

St. Charles North senior Ashley England hopes to translate her momentum from Saturday’s Wheaton North Regional title to this Saturday’s Waubonsie Valley Sectional, with state qualification on the line. England, this week’s St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week, spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about regionals, sectionals and more. The following is an edited transcript:

What that a goal to win individually on Saturday?

It was, especially after conference. I led the whole race and then I got out-kicked [at conference], so it was definitely on my agenda. I actually told my coach, ‘Next week week I’m going out there and I’m winning it.’ She didn’t really believe me at first but as the week went on, I kept getting stronger and stronger, and we knew it was possible.

Would you say this has been more of a consistent season for you or more of an up-and-down season?

It’s definitely been consistent. I’ve ran the same time three weeks in a row so most definitely my most consistent year out of all four.

What’s the early read on sectionals?

It’s definitely going to be tough. It’s going to be tough to make it out as a team. Individually, I’m hoping to make it out. … My goal is to get top eight in sectionals, and I think it’s doable.

If you were having trouble with some difficult homework, who is the teammate you’d turn to for help?

I would probably turn to Kaylee Wessel. I turn to her for a lot of different stuff.

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