Adalynn Collins has been one of the most successful athletes in the Atchison area in recent memory.
The four year standout cross country runner competed in state for the third time in her career and was able to finish on a high note after suffering a minor concussion from a car accident.
The senior got a personal best time of twenty minutes and seven seconds and came all the way back from being in thirty-second place entering the final mile to finish eighth.
Coach Monica Beien was proud of how Collins fought through adversity in her final state cross country race.
“Saturday morning I encouraged her to end her career on a high note,” Beien said. “She ran her heart out and just continued to pass girls on the course. I’ve never been more proud of her.”
Beien said the relationship she has developed with Collins has become mother and daughter like.
“Adalynn has become like my own kid,” Beien said. “We have spent hours and hours running together, roughly 3000 miles. I have enjoyed every second of coaching her and can’t believe it’s almost over.”
Collins will also compete in track and field this coming spring. She will be looking for her third state appearance in that sport.