11 runners qualify for AA State Championship

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By The Staff

The SCHS Track and Field team qualified 11 runners for the AA State Championship at the Region 3 Championships  May 16.


The Regional meet started off well for Spencer County with the girls 4 x 800 meter relay team placing 3rd with a time of 10:34.  The team, consisting of Charliann Garcia, Whitney O’Dell, Christina Shawver, Chelsey Talley, and Adrian Gregory as an alternate, will enter the State Championship with a 4th place ranking.

Garcia and Shawver also advanced to the State meet in their individual events.  Garcia finished 6th in the one mile run with a time of 5:53.  Shawver placed 7th in the two mile run with a time of 12:48.

The boys 4 x 800 meter relay, consisting of Drew Abell, Nathan Hahn, Cory Kleinjan, Sam Meredith, and alternate Mike Williams, also qualified to attend the State Championship with a combined time of 9:06.  Kleinjan and Meredith clinched spots in individual events as well.  Kleinjan finished 2nd in the one mile run with a time of 4:43.  He is currently ranked 10th in the AA rankings, while Meredith is ranked  8th in the two mile run after placing 4th at Regionals with a time of 10:15.

Sophomore Erico Smith, a first year runner, powered his way to a 3rd place finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.12, earning a place at State and a 6th place ranking.

The AA State Track and Field Championship for both boys and girls will be held Friday, May 22nd at the University of Louisville, where these young athletes will give their all in the final meet of the season.