Local Running Club Awards College Scholarships

By / Running News / Wednesday, 27 May 2015 04:00

Initiated in 2014, the Wilmington Road Runners’ Club (WRRC) college scholarship program for Cape Fear Region high school seniors has announced this year’s awards.
The 2015 winners are Ben Schmidt from Hoggard High School and Avery Mavroudis from South Brunswick High School. Each athlete will receive $1,000 dollars toward college tuition.
Applicants were selected based on performance as a cross country or track athlete as well as extracurricular activities and demonstrated leadership.
Lisa Brosier, WRRC Club President and Scholarship Selection Committee Member, said selecting the winners proved difficult again this year. “We had some incredibly talented seniors apply. I wish we could have awarded more than just the two scholarships,” said Brosier. Schmidt, captain of the cross country and track teams, ran a personal best of 15:38 for the 5k. The 2014 Star News Runner of the Year, also recorded personal bests of 4:32 for the 1600 meters (or “metric mile”) and 9:41 for 3,200 meters. The winner of the 3200 meter run at the 2015 Mideastern Conference Championships will compete for Queens University in Charlotte next fall. “Ben was a top 7 member of our varsity cross country team for all four years – something done only once before. He is probably the hardest working runner that I have ever coached,” said Hoggard Coach Billy Mason. Avery Mavroudis, a national honor society member and track team captain, won the pole vault and high jump at this year’s Mideastern Conference Championships. The N.C. Aquarium certified volunteer, jumped 10 feet in the pole vault and 6’1” in the high jump.  On the track, she competed on the 4 x 200 and 4 x 100 relay teams as well as recording a personal best of  54.8 in the 300 meter hurdles. Mavroudis will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
South Brunswick Coach Julie Ward praised Mavroudis for her work ethic and team focus. “She comes to every practice ready to work hard. Avery has been essential in helping her teammates find passion and knowledge about our sport. She’s been a blessing to coach for four years,” said Ward. Funding for the scholarships comes from profits generated by the club’s annual Seaside Shuffle 5k race held in November at Wrightsville Beach. For 2016, the club hopes to secure a major sponsor for the program that will allow additional scholarship awards.
For details and an application for the WRRC scholarship program, go to www.wilmingtonroadrunners.org


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