This week’s Taylor County Athletes of the week have been chosen for their pure determination and the passion they possess for their sports.
Taylor County Middle School’s Colson Annon is in his eighth-grade year and on his third season as a member of the cross-country team.
Annon joined the team as a sixth grader and quickly caught the attention of his coaches.
Working in the off-season to make improvements, his perseverance paid off, and he earned his spot on the varsity team for his seventh-grade year, often leading the team with the quickest time, and this season has proven no different.
Annon continues to work on himself as an athlete and is described as a dedicated and disciplined contender.
“He puts a lot of miles in, not only running but biking as well, to help improve himself,” shared coach Karey Maier.
And so far, this season, he has led his team over their last two meets.
The Knights opened the season competing in the Preston Knight Night Relay, where Annon dominated, finishing the trail with a time of 9:24 and landing in 11th place overall out of 209 runners, and he just keeps shining.
Most recently, the TCMS Knights held their home meet, the Taylor County Middle School Invitational and he proved his speedster abilities once more.
Annon led his team on their home course and placed 9th overall out of 88 runners, recording his personal best time of 12:02, a time that Maier thinks he can beat.
“While you can only compare with the same course because at the middle school level mileage is not the same every time, I do expect that he will break his current personal best during the Bearcat Invitational on September 25, which is also held at West Taylor,” she added.
And while Annon improves personally, his strides have assisted his team to securing top placement.
Another local athlete that has been assisting her team is Grafton High School soccer player Mackenzie Hunter.
Hunter fills the position of forward for the Lady Bearcats and played an important role in the team’s contest this week against Buckhannon-Upshur.
While Grafton fell short of the W, dropping the contest 5-4, half of those Lady Bearcat goals belonged to Hunter.
She aggressively attacked the goal when the Lady Bucs’ Keeper dropped the ball and earned a game tying goal early on.
During the second half of play, Hunter ran hard under tight pressure with possession of the ball and drilled another shot past the BU goalie.
Hunter was perfect on the night, going 2-2, leaving it all on the field in a tough battle.
Her coach Lorraine Isner noted that she is proud of the young Lady Bearcat’s recent performance and is excited to see how she grows during her time at Grafton High, expecting more great things from the talented soccer player.
Congratulations to Colson Annon and Mackenzie Hunter for being named as this week’s Taylor County Athletes of the Week!