Polk County High students named WHC female athletes of yearPublished 10:53am Friday, June 8, 2012
The Western Highland Conference recently honored Polk County High School seniors Jamie Hrobak
and Rebecca Elliot as conference Female Athlete of the Year and conference Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, respectively.
“It’s a really big deal for these two girls to both be acknowledged since we’re talking about four players total out of eight teams for the whole season,” said PCHS Athletic Director Jeff Wilson.
Four players are chosen for top honors from throughout the conference each year – a male and female athlete of the year and a male and female scholar athlete of the year.
Hrobak, who was named conference softball player of the year, signed with Brevard earlier this year. She is also a four-time all-conference softball player, three-time all-state, two-time all conference in basketball and ran cross-country for four years.
“It’s a huge award and she definitely deserves it just for her overall excellence in several sports over all these years,” Wilson said of Hrobak. “This gets said about a lot of students, but honestly, she is genuinely top of the chart as a kid and a person – so humble, so much of a worker.”
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Rebecca Elliot served as an anchor of the Wolverine’s repeat 2A 4×400 Relay state champion team and maintained a weighted GPA of 4.04.
PCHS Track Coach Allan Peoples said Elliot has been running cross-country and track since seventh grade.
“The best things about her are that she always works hard, studies hard, makes good grades and is an inspiration on the track team and in the classroom. I want many more just like her,” People said.
Elliot is a three-season, three letter athlete who was named all-conference in cross-country.
She qualified for five events at the indoor state track final – 500 meter, 1000 meter, 1600 meter, 4 x 800, and 4×400. For outdoor track, she qualified for regional in 4 x 800, 4 x 400, 800, 400 and 1600, setting a 2A Regional record in the 800 meter.
Elliot also won four events at the conference meet and ran anchor for 4 x 800 and 4 x 400 that won conference. She also won the 400-meter, the 800-meter and was named the WHC female runner of the year.
Teams that compete in the conference along with Polk County include Avery County, Hendersonville, Thomas Jefferson, Madison County, Mitchell, Mountain Heritage and Charles D. Owen.