Runnels Cross Country Coach Goes All-Metro
Congratulations to Cross Country Head Coach Julie Fink for being named the 2018 Girls Cross Country All-Metro Coach of the Year. Joining her for All-Metro honors are Running Raiders Annie Fink and Dawson Latona. Annie made the 1st Team All-Metro on the Girls Cross Country Team and Dawson earned an Honorable Mention on the Boys All-Metro Cross Country Team.
Under Coach Fink’s guidance, the Lady Raiders won our school’s first LHSAA (Louisiana High School Athletic Association) girls Class B title at the 2018 state meet. At the event, Annie Fink won 1st place in individual competition to become state champion. Four more Lady Raiders finished in the top 10. The Runnels boys team took second place in Class B, with two runners, including Dawson Latona, finishing in the top 10.
Coach Fink, who teaches 6th-grade science, is the founder of the cross country and the indoor track teams at Runnels. This is her 12th season as head coach of the girls and boys cross country teams.
A long-time member of the coaching staff at Nike’s Smoky Mountain Running Camp in Asheville, NC, Coach Fink is currently the president of the Louisiana Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.
She also has served as a volunteer track official for the Louisiana Governor’s Games, USATF, and AAU track and field meets. She is the recipient of the Dwight Woosley Outstanding Meet Official Award for 2015 and was a Top 25 finalist in the 2015 Brooks Running Inspiring Coaches Program.
Coach Fink is the mother of Runnels graduates Madelinn Fink (‘13) and Grant Fink (‘15) and current junior Annie Fink.