This week's Meijer Athlete of the Week is our only cross country nominee so far, but it's a perfect time to have one.   St. Philip Tigers' sophomore Ava Strenge continued her fantastic 2014 by wrapping up the Class D Individual state championship November 1st at Michigan International Speedway.

Her outstanding Cross Country season follows her runner-up finishes last spring at State in track with runs in the 16-hundred and 32-hundred meter races. At regionals this Fall, Ava had a career-best race and she broke the St. Philip school record — set by Chloe Peckels at the 2007 state meet — with a winning time of 19 minutes, 14-seconds.  As a freshman, Ava Strenge also qualified for state in cross country, finishing in 73rd.