Pacific athletes of the week
Jillian BusbyCross country
Seoul American, South Korea
Last week: Opened the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference season by winning the 3.1-mile individual race on Saturday at International Christian School-Uijongbu in 21 minutes, 28 seconds, 46 seconds faster than her nearest rival, Ellen Hahm of Seoul Foreign.
Busby, a sophomore, led a pack of five Falcons runners who placed in the top 10. Her performance also led defending Far East cross country meet team champion past Taejon Christian International 15-49, Osan American 15-50 and Taegu American 15-48 in the team scoring.
“Jillian is an intense young lady,” said Seoul American’s acting athletic director Denny Hilgar.
“Cross country is a good fit for that. She has more focus in that tiny body than some coaches have on their entire squads.”
Stars and Stripes staff.
Last week: Threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score to pace the Panthers to their first victory over Father Duenas Memorial, 14-7 on Saturday at George Washington High School.
Yecki, a junior, tossed an 88-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Miller on Guam High’s first possession, then sealed the victory with a 5-yard quarterback sneak in the fourth quarter.
It’s only the second time that the Panthers opened the season with a victory. Father Duenas had beaten Guam High in the teams’ 10 previous meetings, five by shutout, by an average victory margin of just over 40 points and had outscored the Panthers 443-41.
“Mr. Yecki’s leadership on the field is no surprise to me,” coach Yvonne Tyrrell said. “It’s simply a carryover from his outstanding performance in the classroom. He never missed an assignment and is always ready with words of encouragement and genuine offers to assist. His receiving college will be lucky to have him on its team.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff