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By Madysen McLain
Gazette Colomnist 

Rosalia senior wraps high school running career


June 6, 2019

Gavin Merritt leads the pack in the 3200 at the 1B qualifier meet. Isaac Leighton from Rosalia came in third.

Gavin Merritt, Rosalia high school senior, started his running career in middle school, but it wasn't until high school when he began to succeed.

At the state track meet in Cheney last week, Merritt placed second in the 3200 and fifth in the 1600. Last fall he placed third at the state cross country meet.

Merritt said his inspiration to run came from wanting to be better than his brother.

"I wanted to be like my brother," he said. "I wanted to be fast."

Merritt said his brother, Gage, competed the 800 meter race, and he then went on to beat his brother's 800 time by 20 seconds in high...

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