Big Walnut High School freshman distance runner Colbi Borland has an exciting career in front of her.
Borland came to the high school cross-country team after breaking a 23-year-old mile record as an eighth grader at Big Walnut Middle School with a 5:29.6 at a home track meet, and shattered her own record a few days later at the 16-team Big Walnut Invitational with a 5:28.0.
As a freshman XC runner, Borland topped 227 other runners to capture a first place finish at the Bucyrus Invitational, clocking a 19:46.0 for a new freshman record; she won the schools first ever girls’ OCC Cross-Country championship with a 19:58 win running at Newark’s Evans Athletic Complex; and she took ownership of the high school’s Girls XC Record with a time of 18:59.1 at the Thomas Worthington Invitational.
Borland went on to run a 19:53.23 run at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Central District Division I Cross Country meet at Watkins Memorial High School. Her 16th place finish qualified her to run in the regional championship last Saturday at Pickerington North High School, and was key in the Big Walnut High School Girls Cross-Country Team finishing in seventh place at district.
Big Walnut High School Cross-Country Coach Kevin Lewis said Borland’s freshman XC season didn’t end the way she wanted it to end.
“Colbi had a fabulous season,” Lewis said. “But her 56th place finish at regional’s wasn’t enough to qualify for the state meet next Saturday; and her time of 21:00 wasn’t close to her best. She went out hard, took some chances, but it just wasn’t her day.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.