NEWSMAKER–Hardin-Central grad completes historical track & field career

| May 23, 2017
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CARROLLTON, Mo.- It’s been over thirty-years since Missouri has come across such an accomplished track and field athlete in high school.

Riley Gorham
Photo credit: Shannon Wollard

Riley Gorham has recently cemented his name in the Missouri record books. The Hardin-Central grad completed his senior year with a successful weekend at the MSHSAA Class 1 & 2 Track & Field State Championship in Jefferson City. He notched three first-place finishes and a fourth place spot.

Gorham when asked about each race said, “I just wanted to go out there and run my race, I didn’t want to try and break my personal best or anything in the first few events because I didn’t want to waste energy. Then on my last event I just gave it everything I had.”

2017 Official times:

400-meter run: 51.67 (4th)

800-meter run: 1:56.12 (1st)

1600-meter run: 4:22.40 (1st)

3200-meter run: 9:53.24 (1st)

Photo credit: Shannon Wollard

Riley Gorham finished his high school career with 16 medals in track and field. According to the record book, Gorham is the second male track and field athlete to accomplish such a feat. Skip Wheeler was the first to do so and he also graduated from Hardin-Central High School in 1983.

Gorham has already signed his letter of intent to become a Griffon for Missouri-Western State University. Gorham had interest from Division I programs but was set on being able to compete. “Although I had interest from some D-I programs, I wanted to compete locally while staying close to home. I wanted to run with and against some of these guys I’ve been around in high school.”

Every track and field long-distance runner has to have some kind of training regiment. Gorham to prepare for the 2017-2018 season in the MIAA, plans to run 70 miles a week.

Photo credit: Shannon Wollard

Not to be overshadowed, Hardin-Central High School as a team finished third in total points at the 91st MSHSAA Track & Field Boy’s Championships.


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