Promise Cross wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of another stellar state performance.
Cross had the unforeseeable happen the night before she was set to compete in four events at the state meet May 31.
She was at her sister Desiree’s when she went to sit down on the couch and found a piece of glass on the floor. Cutting deep into her foot, Cross was faced with the tough decision to compete on a wounded foot or to pull out of the competition. The decision was a no-brainer for the Rowan County track star.
Cross wrapped, rewrapped and took a dose of medicine to fight through the pain. She dug deep and put on her best state performance to date.
“I felt it all day and it was miserable, but I am glad that I was able to do what I did through all the pain,” said Cross.
As any competitor who pours their heart and soul into their sport, Cross was a little disappointed about not getting to compete in the long jump, however, still found a place on the podium for her remaining three events. She placed first in the high jump and second in both the 300m hurdles and 100m hurdles.
Cross not only won high jump by a five inch margin over Jaida Tooley of West Central, she cleared 05-07 for a new school record in the high jump. Cross could feel herself compensating for the pain but dug deep for her second consecutive year as high jump champion.
“It was mostly mentally hard. I had to tough it out and kind of forget about the pain so I could give it my best. My adrenaline had taken me some of the way but it wasn’t going to take me all the way. I really just had to grit it out,” said Cross.
The high jump wasn’t the only event for Cross to have to dig deep. Cross said she could feel the pain with every step as she raced over the hurdles.
“I felt my stride being off most in the 300 hurdles. I actually went off the wrong foot once and ended up scratching my leg with one of my spikes. But it really showed me how mentally tough I could be,” said Cross.
Cross ran a 46.04 in the 300m hurdles and a 15.30 in the 100m hurdles. She placed second in the 300m hurdles by a mere half a second to Kaylee Lanigan of Boyle County and was second to Alexis Witherspoon of John Hardin in the 100m hurdles.
The Vikings had five others athletes compete individually at the state meet.
Jonah Stanley was the only boy to qualify to the state meet. He ran a 4:56.99 in the 1600m run for a 17th place finish.
The girls' distance team was well represented. The team of Autumn Egleston, Ariah Egleston, Kaitlyn MacKenzie and Kasey Moore placed 18th in the 4x800m relay with a time of 10:56.96. Moore finished seventeenth with a time of 2:34.16 in the 800m run and seventh grader Autumn Egleston placed tenth in the two mile with a time of 12:28.37.
MacKenzie placed tenth in the long jump with a jump of 15-02. It was MacKenzie's only attempt having been passed over for her second and third attempts while competing with the girls 4x800m team.
Senior Sydnee Cantrell finished her senior year like any senior would have wanted to, with a personal best of 114-08 and a fifth place finish in the discus.