The amount of success on the state level many area student-athletes and teams have each year never should be taken for granted.

Regardless of the sport, there are hours of work and years of commitment that go into those special moments when they are among the best the state can showcase. Hardin County and area athletes certainly have left their mark over the years.

Area individuals and teams enjoyed immense success at the recent state track and field meet and tennis tournaments.

Elizabethtown High School’s Sarah Been, headed to Xavier University, was a double state champ by taking home titles in the 3200- and 1600-meter runs in Lexington in the Class 2-A state championships. She set a personal record in the 1600 and won the 3200 race by more than 12 seconds.

Amirr Evans, a senior, also captured a state title, winning the 800-meter run by nearly 2 seconds. She now will take her talents to Murray State.

Alexis Witherspoon of John Hardin was victorious in the 100-meter hurdles by 0.41 seconds. She was state runner-up last year in the same event.

In the shot put, North Hardin’s Angel Lee was best at state as the Lady Trojans finished third in the team standings.

Fort Knox High School also owns a group of state champions as T.J. Pittman, Sidney Gradney, Xavier Rodriguez and Malik Blunt ran their way to a Class 1-A title in the 4x100-meter race by a mere 0.06 seconds.

The state champs were not alone, of course. There were numerous other strong showings by local student-athletes and they should be commended for their effort and dedication.

While no player or team came close to capturing tennis titles, there were some outstanding performances as a few players managed to reach the second day of play.

North Hardin’s Add­ison Sutton and the Eliza­bethtown doubles team of Ann Bell and Abby Henson and the Meade County duo of Ethan Whelan and Tucker Brad­ley reached the round of 16 in the state tournament before bowing out.

All the student-athletes, coaches and support systems should be congratulated on strong seasons and dedication, effort that creates many memories for a lifetime.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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