TERRE HAUTE —
Avon upped its 13th place finish last season by two places at the state finals this past weekend, finishing 11th. However, it was not what the Orioles were expecting heading into the race.
Courtney Kerr (19:21) finished 32nd to lead the Orioles, Megan Price, (19:48, 51st), Malyka Abramson (20:11, 77th), Kelsie Mothersead (20:17, 86th), and Lauren Heeger (20:20,91st) made up the rest of the Orioles’ scoring. Hannah Jennings (21:03, 126th) and Avery Lane (21:24, 141st) rounded out Avon’s state finals squad.
“Courtney has been a pretty consistent competitor and steadily improved all season long,” Avon coach Brad Rosebrock said. “She has been a front-runner all year.”
Kerr was happy with her performance and took in the entirety of the finals.
“It’s a great experience,” she said. “It’s great to get big meet experience and it’s just a really fun atmosphere with all of the people cheering.”
After winning sectional, regional, and semistate competitions, expectations for Avon sophomore Malyka Abramson were sky high. But an injury suffered at the Carmel semistate adversely affected her chances and she wound up finishing 103rd after a top five finish was feasibly within her grasp.
This was not the first time the injury bug had hit Abramson as she was also hurt at last season’s state finals. In fact, Abramson, like many cross country runners, has fought through injuries each season.
“I feel bad for the team, especially for Malyka,” Avon coach Brad Rosebrock said of Avon’s finish. “Two years in a row the state meet has not been what she had hoped it would be for her.”
Abramson’s injury felt better throughout the week and she was optimistic going into the race, but rolled her ankle on the injured foot in the first mile and fell behind at that point.
Abramson also expressed her chagrin at the situation, but was quick to realize she still has two years left to achieve her goals.