University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Running standout, Little, returns for Yorktown 8k

Area high school distance running standouts are like supernova or shooting stars. They shine brightly for four years in cross country and track races, then disappear from sight after their high school graduation. It's not like they stop competing, it's just that their running careers take them to colleges all across the U.S., and unless you follow the sport through Track and Field News, or through the website, you don't know what they've done in recent years.

The exception to that anonymity after high school is when they pop into a local road race during their summer break, or after graduation from college. Every summer Sports Illustrated has a "Where Are They...