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St. Mary's senior Sarah Bennion has been selected as Oregon's female representative in the Wendy's High School Heisman Award competition.
Bennion, who stars in cross country and soccer for the Crusaders, was selected from among 10 state finalists, as was boy winner Justin Larson of Dayville High School.
They advance to regional competition that celebrates success and dedication to athletics, academics and community and school involvement.
Twelve national finalists — six boys and six girls — will be determined. They'll go to New York City in December for a televised ceremony, at which time the national winners will be announced.
Finalists receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their schools. Winners receive a Heisman trophy and a school donation of $10,000.
According to a press release about the 18-year-old program, 48,000 high school seniors applied nationwide, including 475 in Oregon.
Bennion, who has a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend Brigham Young University, enters the state cross country championships at Lane Community College today as the No. 2 runner in the Class 3A/2A/1A division. She captured the District 6 championship last week.
As a sophomore, Bennion was instrumental in leading the Crusaders to the state title in 2009.
On the soccer pitch, Bennion is a team captain on the state's No. 2-ranked 3A/2A/1A team. She's a two-year starter and has been in the program four years.