A year ago, Erin Loewen made sporting news as a volleyball standout at Tabor College. Now she’s winning pancake races in Liberal.
The 2005 grad, a 22-year-old teacher at Liberal High School, won the the 57th running of the Liberal leg of the International Pancake Day Race after the front-runner lost her balance and fell 10 yards short of the finish line.
Loewen’s good fortune was mixed with some misfortune. Her time of 68.13 seconds fell short of Andrea Rawling’s effort in Olney, England. Rawlings, a three-time winner, finished her leg of the historic trans-Atlantic race in 63.76 seconds, thus ending a seven-year streak of victories for the Liberal women.
Prior to the race, Loewen said she had simple goals.
“To finish with my pancake in my pan,” she said with a chuckle. “I just want to feel I’ve done the best I could. I’m not trying to win, but if I did, that would be great.”
This story was adapted from an article written by Larry Phillips for the Southwest Daily Times. You can read the article in its entirety by going to the International Pancake Day Web site at www.swdtimes.com/pancakeday/ index2.html