Autumn in Washington state features an array of travel destinations, nearly all of them flourishing with a distinctive patchwork of seasonal colors.
For a certain group of high school student-athletes, the first priority on the sightseeing agenda is a visit to the Tri-Cities on the first Saturday in November. Along with the kaleidoscope of fall foliage, the setting represents the pinnacle of middle-distance running known as the State Cross Country Championships.
Travis Thorne of Ferris High School in Spokane was part of the select multitude in Pasco last year, a red, white and silver blur racing through a forest of yellow and orange. As a junior, he completed the 5K (3.1-mile) course in a personal best time of 15:50, placing 18th in a 4A division that included the top 148 runners from throughout the Evergreen state.
This year, Thorne has continued to establish himself as one of the top competitors in the Greater Spokane League, acknowledged as the premier high school running conference in the Western U.S. He runs for a program that, beginning in 2004, captured four straight state titles... Read Full Story →