It is awards season here at VYPE!
We welcome you to the Countdown to the 2020 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Over the next two weeks we will be unveiling the finalists for the player of the year awards. Team and coach of the year awards will be announced LIVE during the VYPE Awards.
The winners will be honored in a one-hour virtual show on Sunday, May 31 at 6 p.m. on VYPE Houston's website and Twitter account and on the VYPE Texas Facebook page! It will be an event to get dressed up for and to tune in to as it will be an evening full of special moments!
Let us get it started! Here are the awards and finalists for Private School Girls Cross Country.
Player of the Year Nominees
Ellie Catron, The Woodlands Christian Academy
- Ellie Catron broke the stopwatch this year. At the TAPPS 4A State Cross Country meet this fall, Catron was the only runner in any classification – male or female – to run a sub-12-minute time. Catron cross the finish line winning the TAPPS 4A State Championship with a time of 11:57.7 with an average mile of 5:58.8. It marks the third-straight individual title for Catron and she helped lead The Woodlands Christian Academy team to the TAPPS 4A State Championship for a fourth-straight year.
Camille Napier, St. Agnes Academy
- Camille Napier is a sophomore at St. Agnes Academy. In the fall, Napier finished second at the TAPPS 6A State Cross Country meet. Napier posted a time of 12:22.7 in the two-mile race with an average mile of 6:11.4. She was the highest finisher on her team.
Izabella Vallejo, Frassati Catholic
- Izabella Vallejo is coming off her senior year at Frassati Catholic. Vallejo finished fourth in the TAPPS 5A State Cross Country meet this past fall. Vallejo posted a time of 12:49.3, which was just 0.7 seconds off the podium.
The winner of the VYPE Awards Player of the Year will be unveiled during the show on May 31 at 6 p.m.
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ELLIE CATRON IS JUST WIRED A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.
In the fifth grade, she started a running club.
"I had a band teacher who was super into Iron Mans," she said. "I was telling him that I was going to be sad that we weren't going to do the elementary school 'Fun Runs' anymore. He said he was thinking about starting a running club and if I wanted to do it, to recruit some kids. I got some kids from my grade and we made a club that would run around the parking lot before school."
That was the first glimpse that Catron would become one of the most decorated private school runners in the state of Texas.
Catron would go on to win the Class 4A state title in back-to-back-to-back seasons as an individual and four times as a team. On the oval, she won the State "triple" – the 800, 1600 and 3200-meter races – and set the state record for the 3200-meter run.
"I didn't come here trying to create a legacy," she said. "I just found something I was good at and went for it. I remember in the eighth grade, I watched Hannah Shearer run here. I thought, if I could be as fast as her. That was my goal and I accomplished that."
And more. Catron will run at Trinity University in college and pursue an accounting degree.
"In 10 years, I want to be working for one of the 'Big 4' accounting firms and training for marathons," she laughed. "Your late 20s and early 30s is your prime marathon age."
To be an elite runner, you have to be tough. TWCA's 100-pound harrier is a killer on the course.
"People think, you run all the time – you don't feel any pain," she laughed. "That's not true. It's very painful... it hurts a lot. It's really more the feeling of having done the training and thinking, I've got this. You feel so strong, so powerful. Even after a good run or just practice, the rest of my day is just better. I've done something that is hard. After you finish, you feel elated – a runner's high."
Most recently, Catron took her running shoes and gave back.
"I ran the 'Hood to Coast' relay," she said. "You start at Mt. Hood in Washington state and run to the coast. I was on a team called Team World Vision – a Christian organization raising money for the South Sudan (Africa). You pile in a van for 40 hours with random people from across the country and switch off running 7 to 10-mile legs.
"We slept in a field in sleeping bags and ate pancakes out of a road-side church. It was 40 hours of running and being exhausted in a van."
Yep, wired just a little different.
Despite the 2020 track and field season being cut short, there were still some amazing performances.
VYPE has scoured the standings on MileSplit.com and have gathered the best of the best in each running category. This week we continue with the girls. VYPE picked the top performers from each individual jumping event!
Go crazy track nation and vote for the 2020 VYPE Houston Girls Jumper of the Year in this fan poll. The poll will close on Thursday, May 28 at 7 P.M! So VOTE!!
<a href="https://poll.fm/10556212">2020 VYPE Houston Girls Jumper of the Year Fan Poll (Closes Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m.)</a>
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