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Female Athlete of the Week: Devon Dabney
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
November 19, 2012 09:52 AM | 2356 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Devon Dabney
Devon Dabney
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Devon Dabney’s imprint on the St. Pius X cross country program is immeasurable.

“Priceless” is how Wildcats coach Debbie Guilbeau described the senior’s impact.

“She’s that good,” said Guilbeau. “She only makes the rest of our girls better — she sets the standard.

“It’s such an honor to have the opportunity to coach such a great athlete.”

Just consider the hardware that Dabney played a large part in procuring. Two state championships — including the 2012 Class 3-A title — to go along with three region crowns.

The senior harrier capped her prep career off with an individual second place finish overall in Class 3-A play at last week’s GHSA state meet in Carrollton.

“Normally, we have her go out with the top of the pack [of opposing runners], regardless of who they are, and chase them down,” said Guilbeau.

As it turns out, for Dabney, cross country only makes up a third of her sporting life. The tri-athlete also trains intensively with the Dynamo Swim Club and rides a bicycle year-round.

Dabney will be looking to hang up her running shoes in favor of swimming full-time at a Division I school next year.

“Devon works very hard,” said Guilbeau. “She’s a very gifted athlete … I really can’t take credit for that.

“She’s the best athlete I have ever coached … she’s that talented.”

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