As an underclassman, Kristy Terp certainly made an impact on the Two Rivers girls cross country team.
But this past season, as a junior, Terp, the HTR Media Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, took her performances to a new level. She finished sixth individually at the WIAA Division 2 State Cross Country girls race and helped the Raiders to a third place team finish.
Terp may not be overly vocal about it, but she was a key part of Two Rivers’ success this year, helping her teammates strive to reach their full potential.
“She is such a leader by example and she has an impact with her noticeable hard work paying off,” Two Rivers head coach Amy Gallagher said. “These girls love to compete and they really want to be good. They have seen through Kristy what hard work does.”
Though it may seem as though it happened overnight, Terp’s improvement is the result of an inner-drive that keeps her working hard, even during the winter months. Her teammates and her coach have taken notice.
“Her improvement has been drastic and it’s because of the work she’s done,” Gallagher said. “She has made a commitment to the sport and the girls see that.”
The Raiders are losing just one senior from this season’s squad, but the loss is a key piece to the puzzle: Kristy’s older sister, Carly, who finished eighth at the state meet.
Gallagher feels that the team has and will continue to rally around Kristy during the offseason.
“I think it does a lot for their confidence,” Gallagher said. “We have enough girls that have caught on and bought into this and are going to do their work over the summer, that there are going to be girls who are going to step. I think knowing that they are going to get Kristy back as their leader has given them all confidence.”
HTR Media Girls CC All-Area Team
Kristy Terp (ROY), jr., Two Rivers
Carly Terp, sr., Two Rivers
Allie Wachowski, so., Two Rivers
Kayla Jansky, so., Two Rivers
Rachel Winter, sr., Man. Lutheran
Beth Evans, jr., Valders
Faith Lubner, fr., Reedsville