Miller Runs at State Cross Country Meet

November 12, 2019

This article was written by Coach Erin Mack-Moss.

Zoe Miller, a junior from Mark Twain HS, finished in 79th place with a time of 22:09.0. She improved her standings from a 97th place finish her sophomore year. It was a beautiful day at Gans Creek Park. It was clear and cool when the Class 2 girls ran. The temperature was in the low 50's, not much wind, and the sun was bright. Zoe had prepared all season for this moment and was ready to race. She was anxious for the new championship course at Gans Creek (inaugural year for the new course in Columbia), yet, determined to set a new personal best time for herself. She came within five seconds of doing just that, which has her even more motivated for her senior season.

We had the opportunity to go over on Friday afternoon and survey the new course and practice on it. It was much different than what she had seen her sophomore year. This new course offered more rolling hills and a flat start/finish compared to the straight up inclines and declines and the uphill start/finish she saw in Jefferson City the previous year. We talked strategy and mile split times. She was determined to give it everything she had and improve from her sophomore year.

Zoe has accomplished so much since her freshman year and continues to grow in this sport. She has the mindset of a champion and continues to strive for higher goals each season. I am proud of her. Her dedication to this sport and work ethic has provided her with many opportunities to compete with some of the best cross country runners in the area, and in the state, which in return only make her better and stronger.