Winfield’s Aaron Withrow is Male Gamer of the Week
Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to Junior Aaron Withrow of Winfield High School.
The Winfield boys cross country competed in the A-AA state championships this past week at Cabell Midland High School. Many agreed it was more like competing in a Tough Mudder race than your usual crosscountry event. Though the weather added an extra challenge for most runners, one runner surged ahead through poor running conditions to claim the state championship. Junior Aaron Withrow dominated the competition by taking first place overall and winning by an impressive 21 seconds with an overall time of 16 minutes and 9 seconds. The defending state cross country runner up from last year’s race, Withrow had something to prove and he put an exclamation point on his victory.
When asked about what
inspires him, Aaron replied, “Losing is my motivation. I’m a very competitive person and running has really brought that side out in me. Since I picked this up while running in middle school, I’ve pushed myself to the limits, and yet keep coming back for more. I believe I still have a lot to prove not only around the state but also around the country as I have won the Great American Race in North Carolina and placed second in a race in Louisville this year. Whether it is in cross country or track and field events, I want to be known as not only the best in my AA classification, but the best in West Virginia.”
As a team the Generals placed fifth place overall in the event as fellow runner Luke Lumadue placed third behind Aaron.
Head coach Shawn Anderson was pleased with his team’s effort this past season. When Coach Anderson was asked about Aaron’s work ethic he replied, “Aaron has a terrific mental attitude because he runs with a chip on his shoulder because he wants to be the best and prove it to everyone. He has a lot of God-given talent and works very hard year round to stay in shape and compete against the best.″
Aaron and his teammates are looking forward to next year’s cross-country competitions, but like many are looking to compete in the distance races this spring in track and field. The town of Winfield has brought home yet another state championship, and don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Aaron has a 4.1 GPA and parents are Clint and Angie Withrow. Aaron runs on the boy’s track team and runs the 800m, 1,600m, and 3,200m events and is in Mu Alpha Theta, FCA, Math Society, and Beta Club. Aaron says he is unsure on college at this time but looks forward to what opportunities running will provide for his college education.
Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.
Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.