Sandite of the Week Aden Baughman qualifies for National Championship

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.

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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.