GAINESVILLE – In the first month of her sophomore campaign, Gainesville’s Ashley Thompson literally outran the competition.
In the cross country team’s only two races of August, Thompson finished first individually, leading the way to two second-place finishes for the Lady Red Elephants’ team.
For her efforts, Thompson was voted the Big Red Athlete of the Month for August. Voting concluded Sept. 6.
“Ashley is part of a girls’ team that is really starting to believe in themselves after last year’s Region (8-AAAAAA) title and 12th-place state finish,” said Gainesville cross country coach Richard Corbett. “(Thompson) and the other varsity girls are so dedicated and supportive of each other. I cannot wait to see where Ashley takes her abilities, and this girl’s program, this year…and for two more years after that.”
Watch our video feature on our Athlete of the Month at Red Elephant Sports TV, or by clicking here: Two-minute run with Ashley Thompson
The other nominees for the August Athlete of the Month were football’s Gionni Williams, volleyball’s Ansley Turner, and softball’s Sarah Barrett.