Saturday, May 15, 2010

Autumn Beachy Dekalb IN Senior

Autumn Beachy, seated center, with her parents Brenda and Marcus Beachy. Standing are DeKalb girls track coach Cole Krebs, left, and Baron cross country coach Rowland, right. Autumn has committed to compete in track and cross country at Purdue University. Autumn Beachy started running cross country in seventh grade to stay in shape for basketball. She had no background in running. Her parents weren’t runners. She didn’t particularly have an affinity for it. “I like it more than basketball right now,” Beachy said. “I just love the competitiveness and pushing myself.” Beachy has become what Perez calls “the poster child” for the tradition-rich DeKalb program. A string of all-state runners stretch nearly back to the early 1970s. Beachy is sort of a living legend. Beachy’s unflinching determination is one of her strongest traits, DeKalb coach Rowland Perez said. We are all cheering for you Autumn.