Charles Page High School junior Aden Baughman was selected as Sandite of the Week for his first place finish at last weekend's USA Track and Field National Championship. The event was held in Rock Chalk Park at the University of Kansas.
Baughman competed in the 15-16 year-old division of the 800 meter run and took first place in both the preliminaries and finals. In the prelims he finished in 1:56.1, less than half a second ahead of the runner-up. On Saturday he repeated his win with a 1:56.72 performance, edging the runner-up by half a second.
The Sandite won all but one of his 800-meter races this past school year, and the National Championship marked his eight-straight victory in the distance.
On Thursday afternoon Baughman placed thirteenth out of 45 runners in the 1500 meter preliminaries, falling just one place short of qualifying for the finals. His 4:15.71 time was 5.58 seconds behind the first-place runner, and 0.82 seconds away from qualifying.
Baughman trains with Revolution Running & Fitness, an all-ages club led by CPHS Cross Country Head Coach Chris Corbin. The Competitive Club practice is held Wednesdays at the high school track, while the Strength and Conditioning Class is held Tuesdays and Thursdays at Angus Valley Elementary School.
Sandite of the Week can be anyone with significant ties to the Sand Springs community who is making a positive impact in Sand Springs or the world.