NEW CARLISLE — The diminutive stature, all 5-feet and 85 pounds of Lillian Zelasko, belies the bulldog inside the New Prairie freshman.

"She's a natural," Cougars coach Julie Jeszenszky said. "You watch her run and it's beautiful. She just goes. She's not only a natural, she works hard at it. She deserves every bit of what she's doing out here. We do our hokem karem, and my fiance who ran in high school, he was on my team, doing the same leg as Lilly. After they finished, he told me she went out really hard and I thought she was going to die and I would catch her. There was no way she was going to keep this pace up and she did."

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