By JP Widner
Dublin- Disciplined and dedicated are two words that can describe Pulaski County High School track star Julie Anna Guthrie. The senior is a huge success on both the oval track and the classroom. Running long distance in cross-country/track and being good at it takes discipline, dedication, willingness to reach to the next level in a methodical way and a stubbornness to keep going no matter what the obstacles that you run into. Earning an extremely high grade point average and S.A.T. scores that gain you admission to Yale University, one of the best universities in the world, takes the same gumption. Guthrie has both and is a true student-athlete, a leader in the classroom and the athletic field.
The Lady Cougar credits her dad, Joe Guthrie, a former high school cross-country/track star, with getting her started. Then she came upon a person with a familiar name associated with Pulaski track stars. Coach Buddy Farris found Julie in the seventh grade at Dublin Middle School and began to mode her into what she has become today. She ran the 800 and 1600 meters for him for two years before moving up to be a Cougar. “Julie was one of those that were always a pleasure to coach,” commented Coach Farris. “She was a hard worker and gave all that she had in any event she was in. She was a great leader, encouraging and cheering for her teammates.”
PCHS Head Coach Jamie McCarty has had Julie running the 4 x800, 800, 1000 (indoor), 1600 and 3200 meter races the past four years. Guthrie has also run cross-country in the fall. Before Julie found her love for running long distance, she enjoyed playing recreation league softball from fourth through seventh grade.
Julie accolades include earning All-District in cross country with a 12th place finish her senior year. She has been a member of two All-District 4 x 800 meter relays, one outdoor her freshman year and one indoor her senior year. Recently, she earned All-District and All-Regional in the indoor 3200 meters. She enjoys running the distance medley relay, the 4 x 800 meter relay and the 3200 meters.
Guthrie has enjoyed family support throughout her career. “My parents, Joe and Carol Guthrie, have come to cheer for me at meets,” she said. “They have driven me to practices and meets and have always taken care of me. I have met many of my friends through track, and I consider everyone on the team my friend.” Brendan and James are her younger brothers.
When asked what it is like to run for the Cougars, Julie responded “It is an honor to represent Pulaski County High School. My team is awesome and I am so happy to be a part of this team. My coaches are great, too.”
This fall, Julie will be traveling to New Haven, Connecticut to attend Yale University. She wants to try out for their cross country team and run for Head Coach David Shoehalter. Yale’s track/cross-country program has produced great athletes such as NCAA Champion and two-time Olympic medalist Frank Shorter. Their athletes also boast of having an extremely high grade point average. At this time, Julie is undecided on her major, but she is considering chemistry or economics.
Before she reaches Yale’s campus, Guthrie has some unfinished business to take care on the track. “My goals are to run 11:31 in the 3200 meters and to be All-State in the 4 x 800 meters,” she replied recently. With her dedication and discipline, it will be no surprise to see her achieve yet another one of her goals she has set forth to achieve. God speed, young lady! We’ll see you at the finish line at the Virginia State Championships!