Rolla natives Izzy and Patrick Frost, along with Mike Counts, ran in the Frostbite Series in Forest Park on Saturday, Dec. 30, each setting a new state record on the two mile course. The Frostbite Series is hosted by the St. Louis Track Club and has run events for the last 30 years.
Izzy Frost, a seventh grader at Rolla Junior High, continued to add to her impressive list of records on Saturday. Frost already has state records for 5K and four mile races as an 11-year-old and set a new record for a 12-year-old in a two mile race with a time of 13:02. Unfortunately, that record didn't get to stand for long, as Julia Ray from St. Louis also broke the record in the race. Ray edged Frost for first place and holds the record with a time of 12:50.
Her father, Patrick, is newer to competitive running, as he joined Izzy and Counts a few months back. He was able to set the record for a 43-year-old by running a time of 14:01 in the race, which was good for third in his division in the race.
Counts is no stranger to competitive running, having competed since going to Lindbergh High School in St. Louis. The 46-year-old local pharmacist set a new record for his age at the Frostbite Series race with a time of 12:35, which was also good for third in his age division.
“It was 16 degrees on Saturday with 15 mph North headwinds and that made it tough, but we pushed through," said Counts. “None of us his our goal times we planned, but we still broke Records in each of our age divisions, so you can’t ask for anything better than that.”