Three Monroe Central cross country runners have had an extended season and two of them will run again on December 9 in Tallahassee, Florida at the University of Florida in the USATF Nationals.
Aubrey Norris, a Monroe Central senior who could be on the verge of being named All-State for the 3rd straight year, finished 3rd in the Regional at Columbus, Indiana and qualified for the Nationals. Norris was 2nd in the State competition at Shelbyville in the 17-18 year old division which competes in 3.1 mile races (5K).
“I have done pretty well,” said Norris, but I am still hoping to improve. My goal is to get in the 19s with my time and finish in the top 25 at Nationals.”
The MC runner who annually qualified for semi-state noted that several college coaches will be at the meet including a couple Florida schools who are looking at her. Norris who made it to semi-state four years in a row helped the girls team reach the semi-state this fall for the first time in school history.
“There will be some colleges there watching. My plan is to run cross country and track in college,” Norris said.
It will be her second year in a row competing in the Nationals after running in Alabama last year.
Carter Miller, an 8th grader at Monroe Central, has also been competing in the 13-14 age group. Miller finished 25th out of close to 100 runners at Columbus in the Regional. He is ranked 159th out of 1600 runners that will be competing in the Nationals. He has spent two years leading the JH Bears team to countless wins, conference and county titles.
Miller’s age groups run 2.5 miles (4K).
Miller’s mother Melissa, said on December 8th the kids will be picking up information packets and participating in the ceremony before the big race the next day.
Zane Kear, a junior at MC, competed in the races at Shelbyville, Columbus, and one in Terre Haute as well. In the State competition, Kear finished in the top one-third out of 952 runners.
Kear helped the Bears to a 9th straight County title and a semi-state appearance for the just the 4th time in school history.