Manchester senior Rae Bedke ran with a plan and determination Saturday in the 32oo state finals at Indiana University. In a field that was stacked with elite runners Bedke would start near the back of the pack and pick off competitors as the race unfolded.
As in most long distance races the pack will split around the midway point and it did just that Saturday. Bedke would position herself in the middle of the pack at that point and went with the lead pack when the split happened. The last three laps Bedke would gain several spots, chasing instead of being chased and holding her position the last lap to finish 6th in the state, earning all state honors. Bedke also broke her own school record, crushing the 11:00 barrier with a time of 10:52.96.