WAXHAW – Cuthbertson High School senior long-distance runner Sarah LaTour had a very busy weekend May 19 and 20.
Originally, LaTour was to compete in the NCHSAA Class 3A Girls’ Track and Field Championships on May 18 in Greensboro and then fly to Boston to compete in the prestigious Adidas Dream Mile in Boston the next day at 7:30 p.m. The Dream Mile featured the best high school distance runners in the country in the eight-woman field.
Well, rain pushed back the Class 3A state meet from May 18 to May 20 and that had LaTour thinking of canceling the trip to Boston as to not risk missing the state meet with her Cuthbertson teammates.
“It was a shocker when we found out the state meet had been moved because we found out an hour before we were going to leave (for the state meet on May 17),” LaTour said. “At that time, I was contemplating, ‘should I run Boston because state is very important.’”
LaTour decided to do both.
LaTour left North Carolina early in the morning on May 19 and flew to Boston and competed in the Dream Mile that same night, finishing in eighth-place.
“It was the best runners in the country and those girls were extremely fast,” LaTour said. “They just went hard from the gun. I was able to close hard on the last lap and get close to the pack at the finish.”
The North Carolina State signee, after six hours of sleep, then woke up at 5 a.m. to be ready for a 9 a.m. flight from Boston to Raleigh on May 20. LaTour landed in Raleigh around 11 a.m. and arrived at the state meet around 12:30 p.m., about two hours before her first of two scheduled races at the girls’ state meet.
But LaTour hardly missed a beat as she finished second in both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs while helping the Cavaliers to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.
LaTour finished second in the 1,600, crossing less than two seconds behind Elise Wright of TC Roberson. She then took second in the 3,200, finishing about eight seconds behind winner Anna Bristle of Parkwood.
“We were able to work around it and it worked out well at the end,” LaTour said. “Before the mile, my legs felt pretty heavy. I was definitely not feeling fresh but I was able to stay with the lead pack and hold on to get second. I was definitely feeling tired before the 3,200, but I knew it was my last (high school) race and I knew I needed to run as strong as I could. I was in fifth most of the race but I was able to kick hard on the last lap and get second place. Very tiring weekend, but it was all worth it.”
Cuthbertson track coach Dustin Allen said it was amazing to watch LaTour compete at a high level at the Class 3A meet after running the night before in Boston.
“The Dream Mile was something she always wanted to do and I told her to chase that and you have to do what you have to do,” Allen said. “Her parents did everything they could do to get a flight back in time. Sarah was awesome and it was amazing to watch.”