It is very safe to say that 2020 Big Walnut Senior Colbi Borland is the “Best Female Distance Runner in Big Walnut Cross Country/Track History”. I have been watching Colbi run since she was a freshman at Big Walnut High School. You can always find her at the top of the standings or finishing first in most events. Colbi always has a smile on her face and has a way about her that makes everyone around her seemed relaxed.
On a very cold winter day in the winter of 2018, I was heading out to bus duty thinking it is going to be ice outside. While heading back to the office I crossed paths with Colbi in the hallway in her winter running gear. I asked Colbi if she was heading outside for a run. I thought to myself this is why Colbi is Colbi. She has the work ethic that outpaces her competition. You will not find many people running outside on a day like it was that day.
Colbi has 8 Big Walnut track records and has the 29 fastest times in Big Walnut cross country history for a total of 9 school records.
Colbi is committed to Lipscomb University in Tennessee where she will participate on both the cross country and track teams. It is sad that Colbi could not break more records this spring due to Covid-19.
Take a moment to read through some of Colbi’s stats below.
In four years, Colbi will easily qualify to be placed in the Big Walnut Athletic Hall of Fame.
Brian Shelton – Athletic Director – Big Walnut High School
Stats below are from Girls Track Head Coach – Joe Evener and Cross Country Head Coach Kevin Lewis
Colbi’s Track History
2017 = Indoor – 8th place Central District 1600, Central District placer 4×800 relay, Indoor State Qualifier 1600 and 3200 (elected to only run 3200); Outdoor – OCC champion 1600, 3200, and 4×800 relay, Delaware County 3rd place 3200, 8th place District 3200 run, 3rd place District 4×800 relay, Regional Qualifier.
2018 = Indoor – 7th place Central District 800, Central District placer 4×800 relay, Indoor State Qualifier 1600 and 3200 (elected to only run 3200); Outdoor – OCC champion 1600, 3200, 4×800 relay, OCC placer 800 (4th), Delaware County 2nd 1600, 3rd place District 3200, 2nd place District 4×800 relay, Regional placer 3200 6th, Regional placer 4×800 relay 8th.
2019 = Indoor – 2nd place Central District 800, Central District placer 4×800 relay, Indoor State Qualifier 1600 and 3200 (elected to only run 3200); Outdoor – OCC champion 1600, 3200, and 4×800 relay, Delaware County 2nd place 1600, District Champion 3200, District placer 4×800 relay, Regional Qualifier, and Placer 3200 run.
2020 = Indoor – 2nd place Central District 800 run. Central District placer 4×800 relay, Indoor State Qualifier 1600 and 3200 (elected to only run 3200), Indoor State Placer 7th 3200 run.
**8 School Records** = Indoor 800, Indoor 1600, Indoor 3200, Outdoor 1600, Outdoor 3200, Distance Medley, Lap Medley, and 4×1600
Indoor CDI = 8x placer
Indoor State = 8x qualifier, 7th place 2020
Delaware County = 3x placer
OCC = 9x Champion, 1x 4th
District = 5x placer, 2x runner up, 1x Champion
Regional = 4x qualifier, 3x placer
Colbi has lowered the school 3200 record by 55 seconds and the 1600 record by 16 seconds.
In 3 1/2 years of high school running, Colbi has never lost to another BW girl at any distance longer than a mile.
Best Distance Runner in BW history and I have enjoyed coaching Colbi every second of the way!!
“Coach Joe Evener”
Colbi’s Cross Country History
4x OCC Champion. 4x Regional Qualifier. 3x State Qualifier.
School Record. 29 fastest times in school history. 63 seconds faster than 2nd fastest Big Walnut runner in school history.
There is no doubt in my mind that Colbi would have lowered the school records in the 800, 1600, and 3200 this spring. She was on schedule to break 2:20 (800), 5:00 (1600), and 11:00 (3200). She would have won her 4th OCC title in 1600, 3200, and 4×8 and would have added the 800 for good measure. Counting Cross Country, that would have added up to 17 conference championships. Guess we will have to settle for 13 that she has. She had set a goal of medaling in the 3200 at the state championship in June and I am 100% confident that would have happened. Lipscomb University is incredibly lucky to have Colbi heading their way and I know she will do great things there.
“Coach Kevin Lewis”
Congrats to Cobli and everyone at Big Walnut wishes Colbi the best at Lipscomb!!!
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