Charles Page High School junior State Champion Aden Baughman was selected as our Sandite of the Week for his first-place victory at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri on Saturday.
Baughman's first place performance at the USA Track and Field Region 9 Junior Olympic Championship event qualifies him for the 51st Hershey National Championship in two weeks.
The championship is expected to attract nearly 10,000 athletes to Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas. The venue is one of only five IAAF Class I Certified tracks in the United States and has a seating capacity of nearly 8,000.
Competing against athletes from the Arkansas, Oklahoma, Ozarks, and Missouri Valley associations, Baughman finished the 800-meter run in 1:58.83, 2.55 seconds ahead of Claremore freshman 5A State Runner-Up Jack Vincent.
Baughman previously took first place in two events at the Oklahoma Association Championship last month with an 800-meter time of 2:00.23, and a 1500-meter time of 4:14.08. At the State Championship in May he took first in the 800 in 1:59.23.
Ian Baustert took second place at the State 1500 in 4:37.98 and first in the Association 1500 in 4:23.79. He placed third in the State 3000 in 10:10.34, second in Association in 9:48.35, and fourth at Regionals in 9:53.81.
Oklahoma State University freshman Cheyenne Walden took first place in the State 3000 run with a time of 10:18.59.