SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Three-season athletes have become more and more rare in recent years. Sara Greene is one of the rare ones. Her athletic accomplishments this year and throughout her high school career earned her the distinction as Joint Motion Physical Therapy's Female Athlete of the Year.
Sara Greene joined the track & field program at the beginning of the winter season of her freshman year. By the end of her sophomore year, she gave up soccer and become a year-round runner.
“Sara was a three-season athlete all four years in high school. She never took a season off and she never had an off-season,” said Scotch Plains-Fanwood track coach Jeff Koegel.
Koegel, who has been coaching for 23 years, tells his distance runners that if they truly want to properly develop, they have to work year-round to actualize their potential.
“Once Sara became a year-round runner, her improvement was dramatic. During the winter of her junior year, her times dropped drastically,” Coach Koegel said. “Rather than playing a supporting role on the team, Sara became one of our lead actors. It was around that time that Sara told me that she was interested in running in college.”
The coach said that in addition to being a great runner, Sara also became a responsible and trusted leader this year.
“Ultimately, the season didn’t end for us as a team the way we wanted, but Sara helped me make sure our young girls were pointed in the right direction,” Coach Koegel said. “We have our strongest freshman class that we have had in quite some time. Sara modeled helped us shape our future.”
Coach Koegel’s most vivid memory of Sara Greene comes from last fall’s sectional championship in cross-country when she placed ninth to qualify for the Group IV championship.
“Her best time going into that race was 20:12. She ran a 19:38 that day -- a drop of 34 seconds,” Coach Koegel said. “In the process, she broke our school record for the Greystone Park course in the process. I can’t tell you how proud I was of Sara that day. She ran the race of her life.”
“After the race, I asked her where that came from. She said she didn’t want to race in a consolation race; she wanted to race in the Group IV championship,” the coach continued. “That was her goal and she went out and made it happen.”
Sara Greene’s athletic accomplishments include:
- 10 varsity letters (2 in cross-country, 4 in winter track, 4 in spring track).
- Two years as a Raider Tri-Athlete and two years as an Iron Raider.
- Team captain and MVP.
- All-Conference and All-County recognition in cross-country.
- Group III or IV state championship qualifier in cross-country, the 1600, and the 4 x 800.
- Helping to lead the Raiders to victory in their 4 x 400 race this year at the Penn Relays.
Academically, Sara had a 4.47 GPA in all accelerated and Advanced Placement classes and a score of 1410 on the SAT. She also was heavily involved in DECA, as well as activities with her temple and youth groups. In the fall, Sara Greene will attend Wesleyan University, where she will continue her studies and her career running cross-country and track.
Joint Motion Physical Therapy is located across the street from the Stage House Tavern and shares a free, handicap accessible parking lot with the Scotch Plains Public Library. Joint Motion can be reached for an appointment by phone 908-322-3202, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more at www.facebook.com/JointMotionPT.
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