River’s Olivia Beard heading to state meet

For River junior Olivia Beard, the third time is the charm.

In her third trip to the Division III regional meet, Beard finally achieved her goal of qualifying for state as she finished seventh out of 137 runners Saturday, Oct. 27 at Pickerington North High School.

In 2017, Beard was two spots away from state. She finished 22nd and the top 20 finishers qualified for state.

Beard faced the same challenge Oct. 27, as again only runners who finished the top 20 moved on.

But this year, Beard made sure she didn’t have to worry about catching any runners on her way to the finish line.

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