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Zerance set the pace for Hubs

Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year

Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year

December 08, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

Age is one of the numbers seemingly working in the favor of North Hagerstown's Lindsay Zerance.

At 25, she's not much older than the runners she coaches. She often can relate to them -- and run with them -- as if she were their peer.

"She can relate to what we're going through and really help us out," senior standout Alison Harrell said. "But she's tough. She knows what we can do, and she pushes us to get there. And she runs with us a lot in practice, too, and that pushes us because we want to beat our coach."

For setting the pace for the Hubs, Zerance has been named The Herald-Mail's Washington County Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year.

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The North girls won the MVAL Piedmont Conference title last fall, and then switched conferences and won the MVAL Antietam title this season. They also won their second straight county title this year and placed third at states in Class 2A -- all in Zerance's second year as head coach.

"When I started coaching, I knew something just wasn't clicking with them and that something needed to change," said Zerance, a 2002 North graduate and former Hubs runner. "I knew that since I was a younger coach, that I had the ability to communicate with the athletes. I knew they had a special talent that I just needed to tap into.

"The girls just really caught onto it, even the boys. I just did positive affirmations every day, that we have the ability and that if we work hard, great things will happen and we will succeed. I knew it wasn't going to be easy, and that it would take a lot of hard work, but that it would all be worth it at the end."

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