Wednesday, July 16th
MONTGOMERY, Vt. -- After running 3 seasons her freshman year at UNH, Elle Purrier took the spring off.
"I needed a break.", admitted Purrier. "Not just physically, but mentally to be able to see my family a little bit more and to give my body a rest. It really did help."
That was evident a couple of weeks ago In Eugene, Oregon as the Richford high grad competed at the U.S. Junior Track and Field Championships.
"I just wanted to do my best I guess."
But Purrier wasn't running in her typical middle distance events, she was competing in the 3000 meter steeplechase, an idea of Elle's coach at UNH.
"I was nervous but he told me that it was a lot like cross country and that it took a tough kid to do it."
A tough farm kid that is.
"I've been practicing with hay bales."
Running in just her third ever steeplechase and seeded second in the event, Purrier won by 13 seconds.
"I was just really excited, just trying to catch my breath."
Now Purrier gets to return to Eugene next week for the World junior track and field championships. Adding a touch of red to her Blue and white.
Elinor Purrier/"I'm really proud and honored to be able to wear the U.S. Jersey. I'm excited to go out and make friends with the rest of the girls othe team. it's probably the biggest competition that I've seen. I guess all I can do is my best."
And with another top showing, Purrier may have found a new path, one with obstacles and a water pit.
"It's something that I enjoy, so it's something that I may have a future in."
Thinking about the future made it possible for Elle Purrier to discover the Steeplechase in the first place.