Phelps gets mellow
Last year’s District 10 meet was a tough one for Brooke Phelps.
“It was bad,” she admitted. “I knew the difference between going to states and not going. So last year on the starting line ... I cried. I was so nervous.”
This time around, Phelps let it all go and just ran.
“I just relaxed and didn’t think about it,” she said.
Phelps’ Zen-like approach paid off as the junior posted her best time at the event, finishing in 11th place with a time of 20:36, earning a second trip to states after taking a year off.
“It was the best I’d ever done here,” said Phelps. “I beat a Hickory girl (Haley Boyd), and they’re really fast, so I was glad I did that. I beat her once before. But this time I passed her on the finish. She was speeding up, so I sped up and I passed her and stayed in front of her and stayed in front of a Villa Maria girl (Bernadette Prichard). So ... whew!”
Meadville also had a runner advance out of the Class AA ranks, with freshman Meredith Prather coming in 14th in 20:44.
“It was all right,” said Prather. “It was really tough. It was pretty windy. ... But it was a pretty good time.”
MASH freshman Paige Yoder just missed out on a state berth, finishing one place off the qualifying mark with an 18th-place time of 20:59.
The overall champion in Class AA was Hickory’s Lexi Bible, who clocked a time of 19:37. Hickory was second as a team.
Villa Maria won the team title with 48 points. Victors sophomore Claire Brown finished second in 19:45.