Sheer Determination

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The River Ridge Region IV Cross Country Meet, which included 12 area teams, was held last Saturday at Hidden Valley High School. The winner of the girls race might have been predicted from this photo taken just seconds before the runners stepped over the starting line. Hidden Valley junior Carolyn Bethel (third from left) appears to have her eyes on the prize, with a look of focus and determination that was hard to miss.  It turns out she won handily with a time of 18:52.49, beating Cave Spring’s Katie Fortner who had out-run Bethel at Districts just two weeks earlier.