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SHS cross country coach hosts running camp

By Times Staff
Contributed photo: Sullivan High School cross country coach Samantha Unger recently had a youth running camp. Those who participated are pictured above.

Sullivan High School cross country coach Samantha Unger hosted her second youth running camp in July.
They met two days in July, learning about warm up and cool down routines.
The also participated in relays and other running games.
Unger said they worked around other camps in July and that several kids joined the camp after leaving their animals/events at the Sullivan County Fair.
Unger wantecd to thank the parents for still getting them to camp despite other obligations.
The camp included a 1-mile run through the back half of the cross country course, which includes the General Daniel Sullivan Nature Trail that was created and maintained by the Sullivan High School FFA Chapter.
“The young runners enjoy running the trail, but it definitely makes the mile more difficult than other mile races they may participate in,” said Unger.
She added that the goal of the camp and race is to keep our future runners aspiring to improve and continue to do what they enjoy and a little friendly competition always makes it more fun.
“We had three age division records set last year in the first race we hosted and they were pretty awesome as being the first ones,” she said. “However, some have been broken.”
Emette Wardell beat his 2017 time of nine minutes and eight seconds with an 8:10 for the 7-10 year olds and new face, Tucker McCrary; set a new record of 8:17 for the 3-6year old divison.
McCrary replaced Presley Dugan’s time from last year but she is not going anywhere for awhile, said Unger.  
Dugan did improve her time from 12:45 down to 11:26. “That was so awesome,” said Unger.
She added they had some new siblings and new faces and they have awesome futures in running if they choose to continue.
“I want to give a special thanks to one of our cross country members Rachel Donaldson for being there all days of camp and at the race helping out,” said Unger. “It was very appreciated.”
Overall finishers
1. Jake Chastain 6:59, First 10-14.
2. Emette Wardell 8:10, First, 7-10.
3. Grayson Butkiewicz 8:14, Second, 7-10.
4. Tucker McCrary 8:17, First, 3-6.
5. Logan Chastain 10:12, Third, 7-10.
6. Rory Butkiewicz 10:16, Second 3-6.
7. Paige Dugan  10:32, First, female/Fourth, 7-10.
8. Presley Dugan  11:26, Third, 3-6.
9. Haven McCrary 13:01, Fourth, 3-6.

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