Natosha couldn't stop smiling.
Buruse, a Ridgefield senior, had one more hour to wait before she competed in the Run-A-Ree cross country meet at Hudson's Bay last Friday, and she was buzzing with excitement.
For Buruse and many other high school runners in the Clark County area, the Run-A-Ree marked the official opening of the cross country season.
Hockinson's Shannon Porter was there. Columbia River's intimidating Purple Army took part, as did athletes from Battle Ground, Heritage, Union, R.A. Long, Skyview and Bay.
Buruse had waited all summer for this, and she was ready, right down to the hot-pink tape job around her right calf.