PATASKALA — There weren’t many cross country runners who had East Knox High School on their radar.
They do now.
East Knox’s Emilie Schworm became the lone female from the area to qualify for regionals when she finished ninth in the Division III race at the Central District Cross Country Championships.
The top 16 runners advance to the regional race, which will be this Saturday at Pickerington North High School.
“I feel so relieved,” said Schworm. “I did it.”
Schworm was never in danger of missing the cut. She was never farther back than 12th in the race and, when she finished, she was about 30 seconds ahead of the 17th runner.
“I knew if I stayed with the pack, I’d make it,” said Schworm.
Schworm, a freshman, has risen quickly up the ranks among D-III runners in the district. She came in first at the Centerburg Invitational earlier in the month, then won the individual title at the Mid-Buckeye Conference championships by more than a minute.
Her surprising rise continued on Saturday when she outran everyone else from Knox County — including her mentor.
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