PICKERINGTON — Dreams of a spot in the state cross country meet were literally blown away Saturday for local runners.
A hard, biting wind blew times through the roof, and in the end, shut out Knox County runners at the regional meet at Pickerington North.
East Knox’s Emilie Schworm had one of the stronger days, finishing 22nd in the Division III race, but it was not quite enough to advance. The top 16 runners in each race advanced to next week’s state competition.
“I thought I ran pretty well. I wanted to end strong, but I was disappointed,” said Schworm. “The wind pushed against me and made it hard, especially going up the hills.”
Schworm had received some pointers from practice partner Emily Roberts of Fredericktown. The Freddie senior took Schworm under her wing after failing to qualify for regionals.
“She (Roberts) volunteered to run with me this week since I did not have anyone,” Schworm said. “That was really nice of her. She told me some tips for the course — not to cut the corners too sharp, but to hug them real close. She also told me how to use the hills.”
Schworm had been a pleasant surprise for coach Ron Fannin this year. She won the Centerburg Invitational and Mid-Buckeye Conference race before qualifying for regionals last week.
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