2022 - 2023 MICHIGAN
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
HELEN
SACHS
RUNNER
WEST OTTAWA HS
HOLLAND, MICHIGAN
SOPHOMORE
HEIGHT: 5-FOO-3
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
1ST - 17:18.74
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP (INDIVIDUAL)
1ST
PORTAGE INVITATIONAL
1ST
MICHIGAN STATE SPARTAN INVITATIONAL
1ST - 16:47.90
NIKE MIDWEST REGIONAL
“Helen Sachs not only learned valuable lessons from teammate and last year’s Player of the Year Arianne Olson, but also surpassed many of the outstanding marks Arianne achieved, producing fastest all-divisions performance at the state meet. She followed her state title by clocking the second-fastest 5K time in history by a prep girl at the prestigious LaVern Gibson course in Indiana to win the Nike Midwest Regional title.”
Erik Boal
editor at DyeStat.com

Athletic Excellence


The 5-foot-3 sophomore raced to the Division 1 Lower Peninsula individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:18.74, leading the Panthers to the state title as a team. She also won the Portage Invitational and Michigan State Spartan Invitational among her nine victories, the most impressive coming at the Nike Midwest Regional, where she clocked a 16:47.90 at the LaVern Gibson course in Indiana. Sachs finished fifth at the Champs Sports Midwest Regional Championships before a foot injury slowed her momentum at Nike Cross Nationals and prevented her from running at the Champs Sports National Championships.

Academic Achievement


Sachs has maintained a 4.00 GPA in the classroom. She will begin her junior year of high school this fall.

Exemplary Character


A mentor in the school’s L.I.N.K.S. Peer to Peer program, Sachs has provided assistance as a friend and role model for students with special needs, assisting them with socialization, independence and age-appropriate behavior. She has also volunteered locally with Leaders of the 21st Century, a non-profit whose mission is to develop civic-minded youth leaders in urban communities, and she’s donated her time on behalf of the Wheatland Music Organization along with participating in the West Ottawa Musical Theater program.