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No. 9 (Female) - Danielle Hoop

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By The Staff

The best may still be yet to come.

It may be argued that someone still in high school does not belong on a list like this. When you look at what Danielle Hoop has accomplished, however, it is hard to not include her.

The cross country runner and track star has been a force for quite a while. Several of her accomplishments took place before she ever sat in a desk at Owen County High School.  While just a seventh-grader at Bowling Middle School, Hoop competed in the Class A State Cross Country Meet. Not only did she run but she finished second. She returned in 2006 where she finished 15th. Also during her eighth-grade year, she finished eighth in the 400-meter dash and ninth in the 1600-meter run at the state track meet.

While she has been in high school, she has finished 15th in the State Cross Country Meet as a freshman, grabbing second place as a sophomore and third last year as a junior.

She has finished in second place three-straight years in the Region 5A Meet.

Were it not for Kaitlyn Snapp from Danville, Hoop would probably have at least one state championship to her name. Snapp barely edged out Hoop in 2008 after the Lady Rebel led for much of the race.

The senior-to-be also holds school records in the 400-meter dash, 55-meter dash and 800-meter run.

Expectations are high as she prepares for her senior year at OCHS. She is being heavily recruited by several schools and is expected to run in college somewhere when the fall semester begins in 2011.