Hadley Gradolf, a mere freshman, qualified for the State Cross Country Meet to be held this Saturday, November 2, at the Indiana State University home course at 1:45p.m. in Terre Haute. Hadley has had a great year as Brown County runner. She placed 9th at Sectionals, 3rd at Regionals, and 12th at Semi-State. Cross Country races are 5 kilometers(3.1 miles). Her personal record is a time of 19 minutes 13 seconds. She is just a freshman, yet is already making strides to break records and leave a footprint on Brown County athletics.
The last Brown County Athlete to qualify for the State Cross Country Meet was Wyatt Wyman 3 years ago. Coach Rob Abraham appreciates her level of competitiveness,“For being so small of an athlete, you look at her and you wouldn’t see the type of runner that she is just by looking at her. She is a very fierce competitor and she goes after it and doesn’t play around.”
With a proud expression, Abraham explained, “She did very well at Regionals, and to come in 12th place at Semi-State with all the good teams that were there was just awesome to see.” The Semi-State Meet was held at the Eagle Park course in Nashville, but was an extremely wet one. It rained consistently all day. Abraham stated, “For her to run a 19:34 on a really sloppy course is really good.”
The top 6 teams overall and then the next 10 individuals not on a team move onto the State race from Semi-Sate. For state, the top 20 individuals will be named all-state. Currently, Haley is prospectively ranked in the 90s. Abraham says, “If she makes it into the top 40s I think that would be a great feet for a girl that just came out 2 weeks into the season…she didn’t even have any base training during the summer so if she trains next year, she could be that much better.” Referring to the State competition, he says,“She set herself up really nice and we’ll just have to see how she ranks against the best runners in the state.”