ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Brooke Messinger

Youngsville freshman Brooke Messinger, front center, hasn’t qualified for states three times like her older cousin, Devin VanGuilder; she’s just a freshman – so it’s her first time going to Hershey. The fact it’s her freshman year makes it even more amazing that she finished third out of 115 girls in the D10 Class A Cross Country Championships Saturday at Buhl Park. It was also her best time in 19:57, but the fact she almost immediately praised her cousin and said, “it is much harder for boys to get top ten,” shows her humility. And it easily makes her the Times Observer Female Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Little Caesars.