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Burgin places 6th in 4×800 at state

Arpan Dixit
Herald Staff

Breaking milestones and achieving firsts in any program is very impressive. Both happened on Saturday, May 20, in the Class 1A state championships for the Burgin Bulldogs.

“It was a great meet and I was very proud of them,” said head coach Chris Beckerson. “We started out great in the 4×800 setting a school record and the first time we’ve ever medalled in a relay.”

It’s really hard for a small school to put four good athletes out together,” he added. “I’ve always had one or two, but very rarely had four.”

Senior Wesley Qualls, junior Trevar Lay, junior Hunter Preston and sophomore Drew Hatfield set the school record in the 4×800 relay, finishing sixth overall with a time of 8:39.31. The same team had previously broken the school record at region, and saved their best performance for last.

Junior Cade Shearer finished 18th in the shot put event with a 40-06.50 throw. Lay placed 12th in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:55.17. Qualls, the Georgetown College signee, finished 15th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:09.31.

It was a record-setting day for the Burgin Bulldogs and with a lot of youth on the team, the future is looking bright in Burgin.

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