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Published: Tuesday, December 25, 2012, 12:00 am

Top Prep Sports Stories of 2012

Next >> Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

FOLLOW THE LEADER Since she broke on the local high school running scene four years ago, Glacier Peak runner Amy-Eloise Neale has been dominating cross country meets every fall. This fall was her farewell tour and the Grizzlies runner went out in style. It started with a record-breaking victory in the Sehome Invitational and finished with her third individual state championship with her fastest time ever at the state meet, saving her best for last. In between Neale won the Sundodger Invitational, Hole in the Wall Invitational, Border Clash 14, Stanford Invitational and Wesco and District championships -- often in record-breaking fashion. "It's exciting in a way that it's the last season," said Neale before the season. "It's a little more pressure as a senior. It just really sinks in that this is your last shot at state and nationals and really just having fun with what you're doing. It's kind of bittersweet." What made it all a little sweeter for Neale, who will take her running shoes to the University of Washington next season, was the winning. Go to the next item.

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