“I absolutely do not want to disrespect Ashley Erba from Warsaw or Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka who have traded the state record back and forth this season. I do not want it to sound like I do not have belief in (Abramson), but it will take the race of her life to really compete with Erba and Rohrer. Those two are running great on the national level.”
Abramson shattered Lorna Whaley’s Avon school record of 18:18, finishing in 17:51 this season. Whaley placed sixth at state her junior season and third her senior year.
Going out for the Orioles today are Abramson, Kerr, Mothersead, and Price along with senior Hannah Jennings, sophomore Lauren Heeger and either Fiona Kelly or Avery Lane. It is a good mix of talent and each runner brings their own strengths to the table for the Orioles.
Plainfield sophomore Samantha Woodford is the first Quakers girl to reach the state finals since 2006. Getting through that tough Carmel semistate, as an individual is a very tall order for any participant.
“I don’t think people realize how difficult that Carmel semistate really is,” Plainfield coach Wes Woodson said. “You’ve got to be on to get out of it. First, you have to be good and second, you can’t run an average race. That is not a rip on the other semistates, but there were a lot of good runners who didn’t get out of there.”
According to Woodson, Woodford continues to make great progress as a runner and even has made strides of improvement thought the postseason.
“Her growth as a runner has been obvious,” Woodson said. “She is coming into her own a little bit and she is also getting stronger. She is responding to the workouts and has a plan and is running smart. It is a lot of fun to coach her and she is putting it all together.”
The girls’ race begins at 1 p.m. with the boys’ state final competition starting at 1:45 p.m.