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ALL-AREA: Female athlete of the year: James Monroe's Ginny Beringer

ALL-AREA: Female athlete of the year: James Monroe's Ginny Beringer

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When Ginny Beringer was a freshman on the James Monroe track and field team, she witnessed the dominance of thrower Alexis Clark, an 11-time state champion.

But at the time, the Yellow Jackets didn’t have an abundance of runners excelling individually at the state level.

Beringer made an immediate splash with a Class 3 title in the 800 meters. Head coach Nick Brousse said the standard she set that season spilled over to the rest of the team.

Beringer continued to thrive at JM and as a sophomore she was named Free Lance–Star girls athlete of the year.

She’s earned the honor once again after a stellar senior campaign with the Yellow Jackets’ track and field and field hockey teams.

“She really helped us develop a competitive track team because her freshman year she went and out of nowhere won the 800 state title,” Brousse said. “Very early on, four years ago, she set the bar for her coaches and her teammates. She’s really served this team well and she’s been a good leader.”

Beringer is now set to join the cross country and track and field programs at the University of Richmond, where both of her parents attended.

This past season at JM, she was voted Virginia High School League Class 3 female athlete of the year.

She was a three-year starter on the Yellow Jackets’ field hockey team that fell just short of a fourth straight state title when it lost to Poquoson in the semifinals in April.

She earned All-Area winter track and field athlete of the year honors after winning state titles in the 500 (1:17.44) and the 1,600 relay.

She helped the Yellow Jackets to a second-place finish as a team in the spring after anchoring the 1,600 relay that won a state title and the 3,200 relay that placed fourth.

Beringer, who captured seven state track titles in her career and two field hockey state championships, said the Yellow Jackets coming up just short of a team track crown is the only thing that’s missing from her résumé.

“I was very upset when we didn’t pull through but I had such a great team with the team during states,” she said. “We were so close.”

Taft Coghill Jr: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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