Two Western Boone junior high track runners, Audrey Knoper and Sydney
Haag, competed Friday night at the Indiana Middle School Miracle Mile at
Pendleton Heights H.S. Qualification was based on time, and the girls
earned their spots at the race by having run 6:10 or faster in the 1600m
during the regular season. They joined 46 other girls from across the
state who had earned the honor of competing in this special 1600m race.
The runners were divided into two heats, and Haag was in the first
heat. She started strongly and went through the first half
quickly–just 4 seconds slower than her best time for that distance.
During the second half of the race, she hung on as well as she could and
finished in 6:11.73. She was 18th out of 22 runners.
Knoper was in the second heat, which was the Championship race with 26
girls. The field went out very quickly at the start, but she
confidently ran what she knew to be the right pace even though that left
her near the back of the pack on the first lap. During the next couple
of laps, she steadily made her way up through the field. Moving into
5th on the final lap, Knoper finished in an excellent time of 5:27.25.
Her time was a new junior high school record, improving by 11 seconds
the previous record of 5:38.8 that she had set earlier in the season.
Of note, Knoper’s time was also faster than the high school record,
which she will be looking to set next year.