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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Christian Academy girls’ and boys’ track and field teams fared well at the Kentucky Christian School Athletic Association State Track Meet.
The Lady Eagles won the state championship at the seven-school meet, while the Eagles finished second.
“I’m really proud of all the kids. This is ECA’s first state championship and we are very excited about what it means to everyone,” Elizabethtown Christian coach Todd Sullivan said.
Dawn Priddy won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and placed third in the long jump. Gabrielle Szazynski finished second in the 800 run and third in the 100 dash, Megan Szazynski finished third in the 200 dash and Kyla Sullivan was second in the 400 dash and third in the 800 run.
Priddy, Sullivan, Megan Szazynski and Gabrielle Szazynski teamed to win the 1,600 relay.
“Dawn Priddy ran some really smart races in the 100 and 200,” Todd Sullivan said. “She came out of the blocks a little slower than we wanted but didn’t panic and was able to make a strong finish.”
Samuel Pierce brought home five medals, including one gold in the 800 run. Pierce also ran a leg on the 400 (David Adams, Titus Szazynski, Pierce and Titus Sullivan) and 1,600 (Adams, Szazynski, Pierce and Michael Neimeyer) relay teams which each finished second and finished second in the physical fitness contest, second in the 1,600 run and second in the shot put.
For his efforts, Pierce was named Mr. Track, an award given to the athlete placing in the most events.
“Samuel Pierce was not 100% at the start of the meet,” Todd Sullivan said. “He was suffering from congestion and recovering from a cold and didn’t finish the 1,600 like we wanted but he battled through the fatigue and wound up finishing first or second in all of his events.”
Adams also won the physical fitness contest and finished second in the 800 run, while Niemeyer was second in the 200 dash and Caleb Erizer was third in the 800 run.