MT. VERNON —
Each year the Rams make a midseason trip to Peoria for a regular season meet. Turner said the meet is on the Rams schedule for a simple reason – to get his runners experience on the state course.
“It's not a course you can just jump on,” Turner said. “The simplicity of the course when you look at it it doesn't really look intimidating. There is no outstanding feature to it other than it goes downhill.
“But your fitness level has got to be where you can race fast.”
The top 25 finishers receive all-state recognition. It's an honor Modert is aiming for.
“He's going to need his best effort,” Turner said. “We're talking about running that race through his mind right now, and I think the key to his race is the first 600 meters and getting out.”
The competition will be the final race in Modert's high school career.
“I really want to make the most it,” Modert said. “I want to go out feeling that I did the best that I could do and prove to myself that I can be an all-stater.”
Saturday's race starts at noon.