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Distance Runners have busy weekend!

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Megan Slamkowski, Paige Schemanske and Quinn Gallagher qualified for the prestigious Miracle Mile Distance Showcase at Franklin Central last Friday.  This event brings together the top distance runners in the state of Indiana for a night under the lights running a full metric mile.  Typically, distance runners end up having to compete in numerous races in a typical track meet, so this is their opportunity to focus all their energies on just one race!  Paige Schemanske was running in her first Miracle Mile and ran the mile in 5:23.42 (which was a 5:21.53 1600) earning her 46th place out of the 61 top milers in the state that raced!  Megan Slamkowski made a repeat performance at the grand-daddy of distance events…and this year she made it to the fastest, most prestigious heat!  Megan’s race was very tactical, which led to a lot of congestion.  Megan’s true grit and determination showed up when her feet got tangled with some nearby runners causing her to fall!  She managed to get up, pretty banged up, and still ran the mile in 5:21.86 (5:19.87 through 1600)!  Quinn Gallagher made a return trip after running in the fast heat of freshman last year.  He improved his personal best to finish 43rd out of 78 runners in a time of 4:29.11 (4:27.53 through 1600 meters)!

Just about 12 hours later, Paige Schemanske helped the girls’ 4×800 relay team finished in 3rd place at the Big Orange Invitational…where every point scored by the Golden Eagles mattered on their way to winning the 12 team invitational by 1/3 of a point!  Paige also finished runner-up in the 3200!  Megan Slamkowski rebounded from her fall and came back with a vengence not only winning the 3200, but anchoring the winning 4×400 meter relay in a new meet record!  This victory sealed the meet championship for the ladies!

Quinn Gallagher followed up his Friday night competition by winning the 3200 meter run on Saturday, joining teammate William Young (winner of the 800 meter run) as the two members of the boys’ track team that were crowned champions in their events.

They get 2 days to recover before getting back on the track to compete at the Circle City Conference Championship!

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