Athlete of the week: Gracie Wright is lightning fast
Long or short—the distance doesn't seem to matter for Gracie Wright. The Hillsboro-Central Valley athlete excels regardless of the length of the race.
Wright, a junior at Hillsboro High School, is coming off a Red River Valley Conference Indoor meet in which she won four open events, the 60-, 200-, 300- and 600-meter runs.
Wright has shown that versatility throughout her high school career in track and cross country.
She concentrates on short- and middle-distance races in track season.
Wright is two-time defending North Dakota Class B state champion in the 400-meter run and last season also finished second in the 200 and fourth in the 800 at the state meet.
She's also ran legs on three state-champion relay teams in the past two seasons.
But in the fall Wright goes long distance.
She has been a big contributor to the Burros teams that have dominated cross country, as the Burros won the Class B state meet each of the past six seasons.
Wright placed 10th in the B state cross country meet last fall. That marked the fourth time in the past five seasons in which she's been a top-10 finisher at the Class B state meet.