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Mercer, Veenis earn school’s Clendenen Award

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By Mike Cote

Amanda Mercer isn’t deterred by being told that something’s hard. Like, for example, when she was told it was very difficult to win a varsity cross country race.
In November, in the next-to-last race of her career, Mercer won the District 2-4A championship race.
“That was a huge accomplishment for me,” she said. “I remember at the beginning of the season I told Mrs. (Kathy) Hipwood one of my season goals was to win first place in a race. She told me that is extremely difficult to do. She’s had people on the national cross country team that didn’t win first place in a varsity race.”
That’s one reason, but hardly the only reason, Mercer not only won that race, but won this year’s Clendenen Student Athlete Award.
Mercer, a cross country and track standout was named the girls 2013-14 winner at a ceremony Thursday honoring the Los Alamos High School seniors’ accomplishments.
On the boys side, Skyler Veenis was named this year’s recipient. Veenis was this year’s leading scorer on the basketball team and was also a state track and field participant.


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