CROTON — The Centerburg Cross Country Invitational typically has some of the best runners in central Ohio.
An emerging East Knox freshman can now count herself among them.
Emilie Schworm surpassed all competition — and all expectations — by finishing first in the high school girls race at Hartford Fairgrounds on Saturday. It was her first ever win at an invitational.
“It feels awesome,” Schworm said after the race. “I hoped for this. But, I didn’t think I would get it.”
Schworm’s time of 20:22.0 was 10 seconds better than North Union’s Emma Hayward and 27 seconds better than Fredericktown’s Emily Roberts, who led after the first mile. Schworm passed Roberts in the second mile and held on — even after tripping and falling.
“I tend to go faster throughout the race,” said Schworm. “I go naturally faster (near the end).”
Schworm is one of just two East Knox runners at the Centerburg Invitational. Teammate Maddie Moss came in 10th (22:17.6). Both runners have been slowly climbing the cross country ranks all season long.
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