Hamilton bidding for solid senior season

FInish line: Evart's Grace Hamilton heads to the finish line against Reed City last Friday. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
FInish line: Evart’s Grace Hamilton heads to the finish line against Reed City last Friday. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

EVART — Grace Hamilton is leading the way for the Evart cross country runners and is bidding for a banner senior  season.

It’s her third varsity season as a runner. She started as a sophomore.

“Last year, I ran my PR at state,” Hamilton said. “I didn’t finish quite as high as I wanted to. My last month I was out on a knee injury. I didn’t train as well as I wanted. I did run at state.”

Hamilton also ran track during the spring.

“This summer, with my knee, I wasn’t able to put in a whole lot of miles,” Hamilton said. “I focused a lot more on speed training rather than getting a ton of miles in.”

Hamilton is hoping to finish all-state this season and get under 20 minutes. Her best time so far is 20:33 at the Highland Conference meet last week.

“The strongest part is my middle, the second mile,” Hamilton said. “Our coach (Kevin Mills) has changed how he wants us to run the races. He wants us to focus on pacing throughout the whole thing. It was a little weird for me at first going out slower than I’m used to. But it wound up paying off a lot.”

Hamilton has been the top runner on a team that usually falls short of the minimum number of five required to register for a score.

“We’ve had one meet so far with five girls but her (No. 5 girl) ankle is hurting right now,” Hamilton said. “We’ve got me, one junior, two sophomores and a freshman.”