Bid for state title derailed by pandemic

Crest High senior Elka Billings saw her senior track season ended before it began because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Undaunted, the standout plans to continue her running career at Allen Community College.



May 22, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Crest High runner Elka Billings competes in the Class 1A state cross country meet last November. Billings will continue her running career at Allen Community College. Photo by Erick Mitchell / Iola Register

With her senior year officially over, Crest senior Elka Billings is left to wonder how her final track season would have fared had the COVID-19 pandemic not swept the world.

Billings had finished 15th, 10th, and fifth her first three years at state in the 800-meter run. If the pattern had continued, she surely would’ve snatched the gold medal she coveted so deeply. 

And although the spring didn’t turn out as planned, the fall cross country season exceeded Billings’ expectations. 

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