Perseverance pays off for Homestead’s Grace Walther

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – It’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts. It’s a sentiment that Grace Walther can certainly appreciate now, as the Homestead senior used a furious finish after a slow start to win the state championship in the 1,600 meters last Friday in Bloomington.

The race got off to a blistering pace, and Walther was just inside the top 10 after the first lap. After making up ground methodically, she went into the final lap in third place. Walther made her biggest push with 200 meters to go, passing Avon’s Taylor Nicholson for the lead with 80 meters left.

From there, Walther held on to win with a time of 4:48.68 to Nicholson’s 4:49.23.

Walther will continue her running career in Bloomington, as she signed with Indiana University on May 2.

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