By Russ Green-Sports Editor
It has been a busy summer for Riley Gorham and he hopes to make it an even busier one after a trip to St. Louis this weekend. Gorham, who will be a freshman at Hardin-Central this fall, will be making his way to St. Louis July 11-14 to compete in the Region 9 Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships.
Should he find success there, he will be making his way to the USATF National Junior Olympic Outdoor Track and Field Championships at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, July 22-28.
Gorham will be running in three events at McCluer High School in St. Louis. His first event will be at 8 a.m. Saturday with the finals of the 3,000-meter run. He qualified for that event by placing third in the Missouri Valley USA Championships held June 14-15 in Olathe, Kan. In only his second time running that event he crossed the line with a third-place time of 11 minutes, 17 seconds. Gorham’s first 3,000-meter race came just a few days earlier at the William Jewell College Border Challenge when he placed second with a time of 11:08.
Gorham, the cousin of Cody Gorham who holds many of the Richmond High School distance running records, admits that the 3,000 is not his favorite event, adding that his favorite part of the race is, “the finish line.”
His favorite event is the 1,500. Gorham will run that event on Sunday at 8 a.m.
“I just think I’m better at it,” he explained. “I was undefeated running that in junior high.”