Summarized by Rosemary Pollock
LDS Runner Named Beacon Journal Fall Female Athlete of the Year (Field's state champ? She's out of this world)
Akron OH Beacon-Journal 15Dec99 S2
By David Lee Morgan Jr.: Beacon Journal staff writer
Emily Mars, Division II cross country State Championship runner from
Field's High School, was named 1999 Beacon Journal Fall Female Athlete
of the Year. "What Emily has accomplished has been outstanding," said
Field's coach Bill Huntington. "She's worked so hard every year, and
she's become a role model for so many of her teammates and peers. She's
a very caring, loving and giving person."
Emily begins her days by getting up every morning at 5:l0 a.m. to make
it to early morning scripture study by 6 a.m. where she meets with other
seminary students her age. Emily considers her faith to be very
important to her. She idolizes her older brother, Dave, who also was a
cross country runner. Dave is on a mission in Brazil for the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"Dave was running cross country before I even knew what cross country
was," Mars said. "I was into soccer and I played all through elementary
school until seventh grade. I had to kind of choose between the two and
Dave influenced me to stay with cross country. I love him a lot."
There is plenty of love to go around the Mars household. Mom and
Dad, 10 brothers and sisters and eight nieces and nephews. " I wouldn't
change any of this for the world," she said. "With 10 kids in the
family, you learn to go for yourself," she joked. "I also learned to be
creative and I guess that's why I started dying my hair. You have to
stick out somehow."
Emily has her heart set on running for Brigham Young University after
graduation. If she isn't able to, another Division I school will do.
She's that talented. "Going off to college will be hard because we're
such a close family and they'll always be with me," said Mars. "And I'm
going to miss my younger brothers and sisters a lot because we do so
many things together. I love being with my family."
"I'm just so proud of her and all that she does in her life," said
mom, Shirley. "She's always thinking and doing for others before she
does for herself. I know this may sound funny, but I'm honored to be
her mom. She's a great person."