Shining Star: Shadle Park’s Katie Morris

Shining Star: Shadle Park’s Katie Morris

Katie Morris is one of the best runners Shadle Park has ever seen.

“Right now, she holds the records in cross-country. She’s beat all the girls I’ve ever had. Including state champions,” Highlanders track coach Bob Isitt says.

But this past fall, she suffered a stress fracture that put an end to her senior season in cross country – forced her to take on a different role.

“When she got hurt last fall and couldn’t run, she ended up still getting most inspirational,” Isitt recalls.

Shining Star: Shadle Park’s Katie Morris

“Overall, it just gave me more of an appreciation now for running and competing especially. I think I will come back and be just fine,” Morris comments.

This spring, Katie hopes to excel at the 800-meter – an event in which she already holds the school record – also something she doesn’t mind training for in what most would describe as miserable weather.

“I would say it’s ideal weather for running because it’s like 50 degrees out. It’s pretty warm and the rain just keeps you cool,” Morris says.

Which is good because she’ll be running on a scholarship in similar conditions next year.

“I committed to running for Seattle Pacific University.”

That’s where she hopes to add to a resume that’s already made her one of the best runners Shadle Park has ever seen.