By John Burbridge firstname.lastname@example.org
ROCKFORD — If high school cross country ran 6K races, Sheridan LaCoste might have been a state champion.
In the Class 1A girls race at the 2016 State XC Meet, the then Rockford junior passed several runners while making the final uphill turn and then chased Kate Crawford of Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center down the homestretch.
With a mass gallery of spectators cheering wildly on both sides as the gap between the two runners closed, LaCoste couldn’t quite catch Crawford and finished several seconds behind for second place.
LaCoste said after the race that she wished she had another 100 yards.
On Monday, she signed on for another kilometer.
“I like running longer races so 6K should be better for me,” LaCoste said after she signed on to continue her cross country and track careers at Central College, an NCAA Division III school in Pella.
“I made the decision in December,” LaCoste said. “I visited several other schools that I was considering, but I just love the setting and the girls who will be my teammates.”
LaCoste is still undecided on a major but said that it will likely involve physical training or therapy.
During her senior cross country season, LaCoste won an elusive Top of Iowa Conference Meet title — the first and only one of her prep career.
While trying to improve on her runner-up performance from the year before at the 2017 State XC Meet, LaCoste suffered muscle tightness and breathing issues while gutting out a 36th-place finish.