Just one more stride.
Three/tenths of a second.
That close to history.
Lindsay Holy Family senior Andrea Weeder concluded her banner high school cross country career by staging a thrilling duel with Melissa DeWispelare of David City Aquinas, falling .3 seconds short of winning her fourth consecutive Class D gold medal Friday in the 2011 Nebraska State Cross Country Championships at the Kearney Country Club.
Weeder’s effort and a 7th-place run by fellow senior Breanna Korus led Holy Family/Newman Grove (52) to a runner-up finish behind six-time Class D champion Crofton (36).
Weeder came into Friday’s meet with an abundance of scrutiny and pressure, knowing she would have to outrun DeWispelare one week after the Aquinas standout defeated her in district competition to claim her record fourth gold medal.
The pair did not disappoint fans, running within strides of each other throughout the race and battling side-by-side the final 500 meters. In a frantic kick to the finish, DeWispelare was able to get one final foot in front to claim the victory.
Despite the runner-up finish, Weeder is still one of only 11 three-time champions in state history and holds two of the top Class D state meet times.
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