By Mike DeFabo
Times West Virginian
Before each cross country race, North Marion’s Taylor Trowbridge asks coach Keri Bland for some last-minute advice, and every time the response is the same: “Hurry back.”
“That’s my advice,” Bland said. “She’s always looking for something really inspiring, but all I say is start when the gun goes off and hurry back.”
Trowbridge must have listened Tuesday. The freshman finished third overall at the White Day Combo, her best place of the season.
“This is the best I’ve run so far,” Trowbridge said. “And I’m going down places every time.”
Kailee Latocha and Josie Jones also finished in the top 20 for the Huskies. Though they didn’t receive any special advice from Bland, they will get something afterward.
“They told me I have to make them medals,” Bland said. “They didn’t give out awards this year, so I told them that I would make them an award.”
The top team at the meet, however, went to Preston County, which had the top two finishers.
“I tried to keep up with the Preston County girls, but they’re really fast,” Trowbridge said. “They’re good competition for me. I need good, fast competition to push myself.”