CHEYENNE — Elliott Miller knew what a big day at the Leroy Sprague Invitational would feel like.
The Cheyenne Central sophomore hasn’t been a stranger to success, but a solid run against the majority of Wyoming’s other Class 4A teams would do something no other race, aside from state, could.
So he ran hard. And it showed.
“The way I’m feeling right now is horrible,” Miller said with a laugh just after the race. “But emotionally it was a big accomplishment to be able to run with the big kids and especially to be able to do it as a sophomore. It’s an honor really to do it.”
Miller posted a time of 16 minutes, 45.27 seconds to place seventh overall at the race.
The young runner is a student of running and he’s a student of Central’s storied past. Back in 2006, the Indians won the state title with guys like Scott Foley and Sean Wilde leading the way.
Before they went on to win the title as seniors, that group of runners won the freshman-sophomore race at the Pat Amato Invitational down in Colorado. It’s a race Miller and his young colleagues won earlier this year.
“That was a big win, our team won that one. They haven’t done that since Sean Wilde, Scott Foley years and they won state their senior year. That was pretty huge for them,” Miller said.
“We hope to be able to continue that tradition – you win that meet, you win state eventually.”
That’s why Friday’s run was so important. In order to get to that point in two years, Miller has to keep laying a foundation now that will help him prepare.
Central coach Rick Bishop believes Miller fully understands that path. He says there are a lot of similarities between the current Indians and that group back in 2006. Bishop notes the future is bright for his program.
And things don’t look bad right now either.
“(Miller) doesn’t put limits on himself. Every time he runs a really fast race, he thinks about running a faster race next time,” Bishop said.
“He’s never content and that’s different from when he was a freshman. In indoor (track), he ran a real fast time and got content and didn’t train really well. But I don’t see that this year.”