Run Catherine, Run!

Catherine Liggett runs in a cross-country race last September. She qualified for state in both cross-country and track this year.
Catherine Liggett runs in a cross-country race last September. She qualified for state in both cross-country and track this year.

By Caylin Spilman

As all track fans and participants know, being in track means commitment, hard work, and of course, lots of strength to try as hard as possible to win. Only the best girls made it to State May 15th through 17th, and even fewer managed to do well against all the other runners in Colorado. Sophomore Catherine Liggett was one of the girls that stepped it up to rock the track for Legend High School.

Liggett placed 9th in the two mile run, 5th in the mile, and 3rd in the 800 meter dash. However, the stress of this competition was much more real than most of the other competitions Liggett had attended.

“All the girls were extremely well-known and had amazing athletic accomplishments.  I couldn’t help but worry that there would be no way for me to compare to them when I ran,” Liggett comments. However, Liggett has an “extremely supportive team, and many of them came out to cheer for me while I ran.”

Liggett added that she “was just hoping to place, not really focusing on possibly getting in the top three.” After all, Liggett was running against girls that are “known around the state and even the nation for their running abilities.” She was extremely shocked when she ended up placing as well as she did in the two mile run, mile run, as well as the 800 meter dash.

Liggett earned a whopping 13 points for Legend, putting the school in 22nd place, with a personal best mile (5:01.65 minutes) and 800 meter (2:13.69 minutes.)

Other girls in Legend did just as well in other categories, however, with Senior Abby Albrecht placing  11th in shot put, which is just shy of the podium, Senior Liz Hershey placing 14th in discus, and Sophomore Tara Pelton placing 14th in the 100 meter sprint.

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