MARTINSBURG — The Utica High School Cross-Country invitational, also known as “The Hux” in memory of former Utica crosscountry coach Frank Hux, is perhaps the toughest crosscountry meet in the area.

“I’d be surprised if there is a harder course in Ohio, I really would,” said Utica coach and event host John Maher. “We had a camp here recently, but it rained. We only got to run the course twice in two days. I’d like us to run it more.”

The course winds its way through beautiful Camp Ohio in northeast Licking County — a wooded setting and includes a long and arduous climb followed by a pounding downhill run that wears the best high-school runners down. That is except for East Knox senior Emily Schworm, who blew away the field on Tuesday.

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