Warman qualifies for States on Saturday

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sp-rylee-dcx-pt-44KEEPING STRIDE — Rylee Warman, right, of GHCA finished seventh  in the Eastern Maine Championship Saturday for cross-country. She will compete at the State Meet on Saturday in Belfast.

By Gloria Austin

Staff Writer
    A local freshman runner has earned a place at the state cross-country meet, which will be held on Saturday in Cumberland.

    Greater Houlton Christian Academy’s Rylee Warman turned in a time of 21:09.25 breaking into the top 10 with a seventh-place finish in the Eastern Maine Class C Cross-Country Championships on Saturday in Belfast.
    The regional meet was a 5K (3.1-mile) race.
    Warman was a bit apprehensive about competing on the higher level.
    “At the end of my junior high cross-country season, I was nervous about stepping up to varsity and running the longer distance,” she explained. “I truthfully did not think I would do this well my freshman year. But, I put a lot of hard work in.”
    Most every day, Warman works out with her personal running coach Chris Rines, as well as practicing with the GHCA team.
    “My goal was to be in the top 10, make the States and to keep my pace,” Warman said. “I accomplished those goals and I was extremely happy with my placement.”
    Washburn’s Carsyn Koch was the overall winner with a time of 19:30.34, breaking her last year’s running time of 20:57.14. She was followed by Mattanawcook Academy’s Tia Tardy, 19:58.06 and then Orono runners, Lily Koffman (last year’s runnerup) 20:09.82; Kassidy Dill, 20:34.29; Hannah Steelman, 20:35.04 and Jordan Richards, 21:07.25.
    Capping off the top 10 were Washburn runners, Carmen Bragg, 21:12.65; Mackenzie Worcester, 21:28.79 and Tori Koch, 21:31.85.
    Also competing from GHCA was Rachel Potter. Houlton independent runner Victoria Holmes also participated in her first Eastern Maine regional cross-country event.
    Warman is focused on her running and knows how she wants to approach next Saturday’s state meet.
    “My adjustments for States are going to be working on more of my pacing especially the second mile,” she said. “My biggest weakness this season has been pacing. I tend to come out fast in the first mile. My training the last several weeks has been focused on pacing. In the Eastern Maine race, my pacing came together.”
    Warman’s personal best time for a 5K race is 20:52, which she did at the Festival of Champions on Oct. 5 in Belfast on the same course.
    As for her competitive running, Warman said, “I just want to represent my school and God in a positive way.”
    Participating in the Eastern Maine qualifier for boys were Josh Winslow, Sam Carmichael and Ethan Jacques from GHCA.