Sophomore cross country Kennedy Yonce has made Class AAAA all-region lists and cross country state championship appearances the past two years at Berkeley.
As a freshman in 2016, Yonce finished with a time of 21:43 at state and ran just seconds over 20 minutes in 2017. She also competed in the offseason in track and field at the USA Track and Field Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships.
Yonce is recognized by Berkeley coaches and the athletic director for her work ethic and motivation. She spent many days last summer working to drop her time.
“Most kids are asleep,” runner Kennedy Yonce told athletic director Charlie Harrison when he inquired about her practice. “In order to win and be a champion you have to work at it. I want to be the best I can be so I’m out here working.”
Berkeley Cross Country Coach Melissa Hicks wants Yonce to leave her mark.
“If we can keep her mentally strong and healthy, I’d like her to get close to that female school record as possible," Hicks said. "She has the capabilities of doing that because she is so strong. But we still have so many years with her. If she gets close, that would be exciting.”