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Several Spencer County Cross Country members headed south this past weekend to participate in the AAU National Cross Country Championship in Danville, Alabama. With good weather conditions and a fast course, the young runners were able to record some impressive times as they represented the Derby City Athletic Club of Louisville.
Cory Kleinjan broke the 17 minute mark for the first time in the 15/16 year old race, placing 23rd with a time of 16:53 in the 5K championship. Sam Meredith placed 17th in the 14 year old 4K run with a time of 14:29, and he and his Derby City teammates finished first in team scoring to become National Champs. Younger brother Jack Meredith placed 20th in the 8 year old 2K run with a time of 8:37, as he helped his team to a second place finish.
Charliann Garcia led her Derby City teammates to a 4th place finish, placing 11th with a time of 11:11 in the 12 year old 3K run. Christina Shawver and her teammates were named National Runner-up in the 14 year old 4K event as Christina helped them to the second place finish by placing 20th with a time of 15:41.
Now that their season has come to an end, these young runners can take a brief, but well deserved break before they’ll begin training for the upcoming track season. -submitted by Shelly Talley