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Athlete of the Week: Denver's Kyle Kehoe

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Denver coach Sandy Sebelka knows that when Kyle Kehoe's out on the course -- it's pretty much bad news for everyone else --

"When it comes down to that last 400, if Kyle's right there with them, I tell you he's relentless in the finish.  So, if someone's going to beat him, they're going to have to run the race of their lives."

the Denver senior is on a tear right now winning his last 4 cross country races -- that included an NICL conference championship as well as a district championship last Thursday in Jesup where he beat Bellevue's Andrew Meyer who came in to the meet ranked number one in the state --

"It's good to face some good competition before the state meet.  That way you're kind of not in the dark, but yeah, I found out that he's a very  good runner, and I know there's going to be other good runners I'm going to have to look out for at state."

"Having done that put a big target on his back, and he's got enough humility to know they're all going to come back after him."

But Kyle's not just running for himself -- and he's not the only one with a target on his back --

this Denver squad is currently the top ranked team in the state coming off a runner-up finish last year  -- This year they've already met 2 of their goals, but there's one left to go --

"We call it a triple crown.  We wanted to win the conference, which we did.  We wanted to win the district, and next step for us would be state."

and Kyle says it takes a great team chemistry to get that third goal -- and he believes that's something this squad has --

"We all push each other.  If somebody else is having a bad day, somebody is going to step up."

"They put in the effort every time.  They work hard, they're dedicated, and they're focused."

And for Kyle -- when Saturday's state meet comes -- and he's given about all he can -- he says one through will push him though.

"Just my goal, just knowing that I want to win.  I want to just do the best I can, just finish."

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