Maggie Walker’s Mary Caroline Heinen crosses the finish line during the MileStat.com Cross Country Invitational at Pole Green Park on Saturday Oct. 14, 2017.

Age: 15

GPA: 4.31

Athletic accomplishments: Heinen, a sophomore cross country runner, won the Class 2, Region A meet and the Class 2 state meet, and her team won both events. In just her second year as a runner, she has claimed victories at the Virginia USATF Under 20 championships, the William & Mary Invitational, the RVA Relays, the VTCA Invitational and the Colonial District Gathering of the Harriers Invitational. At the Milestat Invitational in October, she ran a time of 18:01, which was the fastest 5K of any local girl this year.

Academic accomplishments: Heinen is taking AP Calculus BC and AP U.S. History. She’s also enrolled in analytical chemistry plus, Chinese II, pre-AP Latin, global studies and world literature.

Favorite subject in school: “Math.”

Three words to describe her: “Energetic, determined, loyal.”

Strength: “I put a lot of work into stuff. I’m a good hard worker.”

Toughest opponent: “My teammates I train with.”

Best sports memory: The RVA Relays, a night cross country relay race which Maggie Walker won. “It was cool to win as a team.”

Favorite food: “Pizza.”

Favorite ice cream: “Cookies and cream.”

On her playlist: “Pop and alternative.”

Most embarrassing thing on her playlist: “I have the entire ‘Hamilton’ soundtrack.”

If she had one wish: “I want to never get injured.”

What most people don’t know: “I danced for a lot of years before I started running.” She didn’t run competitively until she got to Maggie Walker last year.

All-metro cross country runner of the year

All-metro cross country runner of the year: Mary Caroline Heinen of Maggie Walker Governor’s School.

If she could go on any game show: “ ‘Jeopardy.’ ”

Hidden talent: “I play the piano.”

Dream car: “Lamborghini.”

If she could travel anywhere in the world: “Italy.”

Pets: “A beagle named Izzy.”

Hero: “Coach (Jim) Holdren.”

Favorite childhood cartoon: “ Wonder Pets. ”

If she could have dinner with anyone dead or alive: “Emma Coburn,” a world-champion runner.

If she could have any superpower: “Reading minds.”

Social networks: “Snapchat, Instagram. I have Facebook for school.”

Her house is burning down and she can take only one thing with her: “My computer.”


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Eric Kolenich writes sports stories for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, focusing on local athletes and teams. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a BA in English and joined the paper in 2009. (804) 649-6109

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