BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - Bronxville High School cross country runner Kaitlin Ryan helped lead the Broncos girls' team to league, Section 1 and state titles this fall and has been chosen as the Bronxville Daily Voice Athlete of the Month for November.
Ryan led her team to the Conference II league title by running a 16:02 for a first-place overall finish in the 4,000 meters at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
Ryan capped the season by placing fifth overall Nov. 11 with a time of 19:12.5 in the 5,000-meter event at the Class C Cross Country State championships in Buffalo as the Broncos girls won their fifth straight state title. She qualified for the Federation Meet with runners from parochial, private and public schools and placed 53rd overall.
"I didn't really expect to be on the varsity team this year as an eighth-grader," Ryan said. "But we have great runners and coaching at Bronxville and we all work with each other to be better. I guess I was a little surprised at doing so well."
The prodigious eighth-grader, who transferred to Bronxville from Hendrick Hudson High School this fall, grew up chasing her father Dave Ryan, a former runner at Briarcliff High School and William and Mary. Dave Ryan is a chemistry teacher at Bronxville High School.
"I have always run with my father and my brother runs also," Ryan said. "It's part of my life and I enjoy it a lot. I hope to improve and have a good indoor track season running the 600 to 3,000 events.
Longtime Bronxville girls' cross country and track coach Jim Mitchell, who has coached 32 league championship teams along with a 11 state title teams since 1983, sees great potential in Ryan.
"Kaitlin's father, Dave was an outstanding runner at Briarcliff and William and Mary," Mitchell said. "Kaitlin had an outstanding season and is a wonderful young athlete."
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