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Out of our Coverage Area…

Last week, I covered the State Cross Country Championships. When covering an event like this for a community newspaper, local athletes are of the utmost importance. Our sports reporter gave me a list of notable locals to watch out for in each race. Thus, I didn’t focus much on teams out of our coverage area as I was scrambling to make pictures…but interesting picture opportunities come along and change everything.

When I saw this exhausted athlete being comforted by teammates, I reacted and made a picture.

Western Branch High School is well out of our coverage area, so this photo had no place in The Free Lance-Star. However, this blog is a great way to show work that our readers wouldn’t normally see.

-ben fredman

Cutline –  Western Branch High School’s Kayleigh Lewellyn, center, is carried by teammates Natalie Wynn, left, and Mary Katherine Sanders after finishing the AAA Girls race during the 2008 VHSL Cross Country Championships at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., on Nov., 8, 2008.