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Ewert raced for the Beavers for only the second time this season last weekend, winning the 3.1-mile Nike Valley Twilight cross country invitational at Indiana State in Terre Haute in 17:11.70. She was followed by teammates Savannah Roark in second (17:49.60), Jodie Pierce in third (18:07.90) and Juliann Williams in sixth (18:27.50).
Those are state championship-caliber times. Beavercreek has been ranked No. 1 in the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches the entire season. Ewert (17:38.7) will be a heavy favorite to repeat as the individual D-I state champion. She also won the 3,200 meters in the D-I state track and field meet last June.
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Beavercreek will be favored in the Greater Western Ohio Conference meet at Northmont on Saturday. After that, it’s the district, regional and state meets.
“Everything is coming together this year,” she said. “We have a lot of senior leadership in that top seven group. We want to focus on enjoying our senior year and enjoying the process and having fun with it. Whatever happens, we want to be able to look back and know we had a good time.”
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Ewert has the perfect lean build for covering long distances. At 5 feet 10 inches, she’s a long strider equipped with sprinter speed. No wonder, both her parents were runners at Syracuse. Older brother Ben Ewert runs at Louisville.
Ewert also is a multi-national race-walk age-group champion. She’s raced in many invite-only events over the last two years.
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“After my visit to Arkansas I knew it was the perfect fit,” she said. “The program is going to allow me to get to the next step where I can to get. They’re also willing to continue to work with me and my race-walking. There’s a lot of history to the program, which is important. You want to go to a program that has succeeded and you know their training works. I was able to check all those things off my list.”
Signing day for all sports but football is Nov. 13.
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