Article and photos courtesy Richard Dickerson.
It was a balmy 55 degree morning compared to the 36 degree start the previous Saturday for the four athletes running in the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships.
No longer running thru the Ralls County fairground arena and adjoining pasture in Bowling Green but instead on the well manicured fairways of the Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.
The thing in common however is the 3.15 miles of pain that is the main part of any Cross country race.
Centralia’s Kaitlyn Erhart left at the first gun of the day at 9 am.
Twenty-two minutes and 19.19 seconds later she finished the long uphill climb stop the clock finishing 55th in the 169 runner field to be met by her family and a gathering of her Panther running mates completing her career at the biggest race in the State.
For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.