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Kappen shatters school record in high jump; boys place second, girls take third in sole home meet

by DYLAN GREENE
Sports Editor | April 14, 2021 1:00 AM

Editor's note: This story will continue to be updated with comments from head coach Matt Brass. Over 30 photos will also be added to the piece. Time and space constraints prevented a full recap from being printed in Wednesday's paper.

SANDPOINT — Sandpoint track and field took full advantage of its sole home meet this spring.

The Bulldogs hosted an Inland Empire League meet on Tuesday with Post Falls, Lake City, Coeur d'Alene and Lakeland, and personal bests were recorded all across the David R. DeMers Track and Field Complex. In fact, SHS had 52 PRs.

Runners fought headwinds and crosswinds throughout the event, but that didn't seem to bother the Bulldogs.

SHS finished second on the boys side, 10.5 points behind first-place Post Falls, while the girls captured third. The Trojans also won the girls title.

For the first meet back from spring break, the Bulldogs didn't look too shabby.

"Across the board there's really no area where I think that we were disappointed," head coach Matt Brass said.

SHS allowed unlimited entries into the meet, which meant the 5A schools like Post Falls brought well over 100 kids. The numbers resulted in long lines and a crowded infield, but it was all about giving every athlete a chance to compete, especially after having the 2020 spring season ripped away due to the pandemic.

Brass said it was really fun to see the younger athletes get an opportunity to take huge strides.

Despite being heavily outnumbered by Post Falls, Sandpoint more than held its own against the Trojans. Brass said the team made up for their lack of depth with talent.

"You can't ask for a much better turnout," he said, "and you can see where we can't fill out everything against big schools like that, but we've got strength in just about every area."

Sandpoint's star athletes rose to the occasion in front of the Bulldog faithful, and none shined brighter than senior Braden Kappen.

In his first leap into the pit in the long jump, Kappen broke the boys school record in the event with a mark of 21 feet, 7 inches, currently the best in 4A this season.

Kappen tied the previous record of 21 feet, 6 inches last June at the Sandpoint Open, and had been itching to shatter it ever since.

He finally did it, and after the meet he was still in shock.

"It was just a relief of all the work I've put in," he said. "It just felt awesome, I can't really even explain it."

And Kappen couldn't have picked a more perfect meet for the feat.

"It definitely felt special to me to do it in front of my hometown of Sandpoint and all the people that have supported me," he said.

But a school record wasn't enough. Kappen posted a PR of 22.88 to win the 200, and ran the final legs on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that placed first for the Bulldogs.

"He's just living up to his expectations," sprints coach Tom Keener said. "I've been telling him, 'You got this in you,' and it's all just coming to fruition."

Peyton Ennis, Keyan Strock and Rusty Lee were also a part of those winning relays. Keener said that sprint crew "is a powerhouse."

Rusty took home the title in the 110 hurdles as well and was third in the high jump with a new PR.

Rusty obliterated his competition in the hurdles. He crossed the line nearly 1.5 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher — Post Falls' Isaac Ballew. Rusty's time of 15.82 is currently the best in 4A, and he's only a sophomore.

"He's got so much potential," Keener said.

Rusty's older brother, Stone Lee, captured first in the high jump with a PR of 5 feet, 10 inches.

Ennis claimed fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 100, and Keyan tied for sixth in the 100.

On the girls side, Taylor Petz and Kayla Remsen led the way with standout performances.

Petz, the school record holder in the pole vault, cruised to a win in the event on Tuesday and ran a 17.07 in the 100 hurdles to secure second.

Remsen tossed a PR of 105 feet, 2 inches in the discus to tie for first with Lake City's Madeline Wolford. She took fourth in the shot put with a PR.

Destiny Lyons grabbed second in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the 100, and Luke McCorkle locked down fifth in the 110 hurdles with a PR.

Brass said the Bulldogs don't have a lot of hurdlers this spring, but the ones they do have are always in the mix for the top spots.

McCorkle also secured second in the boys triple jump and third in the long jump.

In his first track meet at SHS, Will Hurst left his mark. He placed third in the discus and fourth in shot put with throws that put him at the top of the 4A IEL in both events. Freshman Ivy Smith was sixth in the girls shot put.

Brass said the throwers took another step forward.

"I thought the throws continued to improve and do really well," he said. "They've got some depth, so if one kid struggles another is jumping into their place and they are consistently setting PRs."

Nate Dotson earned third in the boys pole vault and Sam Becker was sixth.

The girls 4x400 relay team made up of Jillian Primgaard, Piper Frank, Grace Rookey and Maren Davidson brought home second.

Davidson finished fifth in the 200 and 400, and Rookey ran a PR of 2:42 in the 800 to place fifth. Freshman Aliya Strock blew past her previous PR in the 100 to grab second.

Mackenzie Suhy-Gregoire grabbed fourth in the 1600 and 3200 and Ara Clark claimed third in the 3200 and sixth in the 1600. Erika Edmundson also secured fifth in the pole vault.

In the boys distance events, Nikolai Braedt continued his stellar senior campaign. He ran a PR in the 800 to place third and a season best in the 1600 to take second.

Jett Lucas was fourth in the 800 and Keegan Nelson was sixth. Trey Clark and Slate Fragoso earned fifth and sixth respectively in the 3200.

Brass said the team enjoyed competing in front of their friends and family, and he believes it gave them all a little boost.

"That does help with performance," he said about the home fans. "There's a level you'll push yourself too when there's people cheering, you can hear the crowd and feel the excitement. It's always rewarding to see the support the community gives."

Sandpoint heads to the Sweeney Invitational in Lewiston on Friday.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES — 1, Post Falls 80.5. 2, Sandpoint 70. 3, Lake City 49. 4, Coeur d'Alene 45. 5, Lakeland, 13.5. 6, CDA Charter 2.

Top three finishers, top two relays

100 — 1, Zach Johnson, Lake City, 11.25. 2, Richie Thomas, Lakeland, 11.69. 3, Dalton Wild, Post Falls, 11.75. 200 — 1, Braden Kappen, Sandpoint, 22.88. 2, Zach Johnson, Lake City, 23.06. 3, Chase Berg, Post Falls, 23.86. 400 — 1, Isaac Ballew, Post Falls, 52.57. 2, Connor Lowder, CDA, 54.85. 3, Morgan Bunting, CDA, 55.27. 800 — 1, Braden Dance, CDA, 2:00.55. 2, Alex Peters, Post Falls, 2:01.80. 3, Nikolai Braedt, Sandpoint, 2:02.51. 1,600 — 1, Braden Dance, CDA, 4:27.34. 2, Nikolai Braedt, Sandpoint, 4:28.42. 3, Alex Peters, 4:29.98, Post Falls. 3,200 — 1, Ethan Garner, CDA, 10:36.41. 2, Gavin Calkins, Post Falls, 10:54.79. 3, Sawyer Crenshaw, Post Falls, 11:02.54.

110 hurdles — 1, Rusty Lee, Sandpoint, 15.82. 2, Isaac Ballew, Post Falls, 17.27. 3, Pete Negron, Lake City, 17.47. 300 hurdles — 1, Isaac Ballew, Post Falls, 41.63. 2, Pete Negron, Lake City, 43.92. 3, James Elliott, CDA, 46.11. 4x100 relay — 1, Sandpoint (Keyan Strock, Rusty Lee, Peyton Ennis, Braden Kappen), 44.36. 2, Post Falls (Caleb Streeter, Sheldon Pine, Dalton Wild, Kyle Lickford), 44.40. 4x200 relay — 1, Post Falls (Sheldon Pine, Caden McClean, Isaac Ballew, Chase Berg), 1:31.54. 2, CDA (James Elliott, Alexzander Raudebaugh, Eli Jolly, Isaiah Griffin), 1:37.98. 4x400 relay — 1, Sandpoint (Keyan Strock, Rusty Lee, Peyton Ennis, Braden Kappen), 3:35.15. 2, Post Falls, (Caden McClean, Chase Berg, Isaiah Meredith, Donovan Daniels), 3:40.64.

Shot put — 1, Logan Parson, Lake City, 45-3. 2, Jack Meade, CDA, 42-5. 3, Seth Hagel, CDA, 42-0. Discus — 1, Logan Parson, Lake City, 129-5. 2, Seth Hagel, CDA, 124-1. 3, Will Hurst, Sandpoint, 123-9. High jump — 1, Stone Lee, Sandpoint, 5-10. 2, Lars Horning, Post Falls, 5-10. 3, Rusty Lee, Sandpoint, 5-10. Pole vault — 1, Porter Howard, Lake City, 12-6. 2, Lars Horning, Post Falls, 12-0. 3, Nate Dotson, Sandpoint, 11-0. Long jump — 1, Braden Kappen, Sandpoint, 21-7. 2, Caden McClean, Post Falls, 21-2. 3, Luke McCorkle, Sandpoint, 18-9. Triple jump — 1, Chase Berg, Post Falls, 40-6.5. 2, Luke McCorkle, Sandpoint, 39-10. 3, Josh Haug, Lakeland, 38-4.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES — 1, Post Falls 82. 2, Lake City 71. 3, Sandpoint 40. 4, Lakeland 34. 5, Coeur d'Alene 32.

Top three finishers, top two relays

100 — 1, Keturah Vogel-Greenwood, Lake City, 13.20. 2, Georgia Whitehead, Lake City, 13.49. 3, McKenzie Palanuik, Lakeland, 13.55. 200 — 1, Angelyca Chapman, Lake City, 26.07. 2, McKenzie Palanuik, Lakeland, 28.28. 3, Addie Kiefer, Lakeland, 28.35. 400 — 1, Angelyca Chapman, Lake City, 56.96. 2, Kinlee McLean, Post Falls, 1:01.47. 3, Addie Kiefer, Lakeland, 1:02.31. 800 — 1, Samantha Wood, Post Falls, 2:16.03. 2, Anne Marie Dance, CDA, 2:29.19. 3, Annastasia Peters, Post Falls, 2:30.90. 1,600 — 1, Annastasia Peters, Post Falls, 5:16.70. 2, Sydnee Hostetler, Lakeland, 5:25.56. 3, Elliana Rietze, CDA, 5:31.38. 3,200 — 1, Alahna Lien, Post Falls, 12:20.7. 2, Kaley Bohl, Post Falls, 12:24.2. 3, Ara Clark, Sandpoint, 12:28.1.

100 hurdles — 1, Abigail Sanders, Post Falls, 16.57. 2, Taylor Petz, Sandpoint, 17.07. 3, Taylor Martini, Lake City, 17.67. 300 hurdles — 1, Abigail Sanders, Post Falls, 49.96. 2, Destiny Lyons, Sandpoint, 51.67. 4x100 relay — 1, Lake City (Madison Quigley, Georgia Whitehead, Taylor Martini, Keturah Vogel-Greenwood), 52.44. 2, Lakeland (Stacey Barker, Michaela Palanuik, Regan Wright, McKenzie Palanuik), 53.21. 4x200 relay — 1, Lake City (Madison Quigley, Georgia Whitehead, Keturah Vogel-Greenwood, Angelyca Chapman), 1:46.25. 2, CDA (Americus Crane, Leah Holding, Emma Harless, Dylan Lovett), 1:50.25. 4x400 relay — 1, Lake City (Georgia Whitehead, Lillian Fletcher, Keturah Greenwood-Vogel, Angelyca Chapman), 4:12.63. 2, Sandpoint (Jillian Primgaard, Piper Frank, Grace Rookey, Maren Davidson), 4:26.75.

Shot put — 1, Lily Phenicie, CDA, 34-8. 2, Lilly Lowry, CDA, 33-0. 3, Labria Bowman, Lake City, 32-3. Discus — 1, Lake City's Madeline Wolford and Sandpoint's Kayla Remsen, 105-2. 3, Lily Phenicie, CDA, 97-5. High jump — 1, Maleah Wilhelm, Post Falls, 4-8. 2, Emma Harless, Post Falls, 4-8. 3, Madison Mitchell, CDA, 4-8. Pole vault — 1, Taylor Petz, Sandpoint, 9-6. 2, Hannah Chirico, Lake City, 8-6. 3, Samantha Daniels, Lakeland, 8-0. Long jump — 1, Dylan Lovett, Post Falls, 16-6. 2, Marissa Bershaw, Lake City, 14-3. 3, Skilar McLean, Post Falls, 14-1. Triple jump — 1, Skilar McLean, Post Falls, 32-8. 2, Lucy Evans, Lake City, 30-8.5. 3, Marissa Bershaw, Lake City, 30-1.

Sandpoint results

BOYS

100 — 5, Peyton Ennis, 11.82. T6, Keyan Strock, 11.89. 9, Luke McCorkle, 11.95. 42, Ky Blaser, 13.47. 45, Ben David, 13.72. 47, Jake Oliver, 13.80. 51, Tristan James, 14.15. 52, Sidney Meshberg, 14.28. 200 — 1, Braden Kappen, 22.88. 4, Peyton Ennis, 24.18. 11, Keyan Strock, 25.42. 29, Ryder Haynes, 27.79. 34, Ky Blaser, 28.14. 37, Jake Oliver, 28.51. 41, Tristan James, 29.80. 400 — 9, Ryder Haynes, 58.01. 13, Jimmy Cornelius, 59.64. 16, Isaiah Hagstrom, 1:03.48. 800 — 3, Nikolai Braedt, 2:02.51. 4, Jett Lucas, 2:04.34. 6, Keegan Nelson, 2:08.39. 11, Nathan Roche, 2:16.55. 16, Keane Haesle, 2:23.9. 17, Daniel Ricks, 2:24.09. 19, Will Jordan, 2:28.6. 20, Issac Babin, 2:30.1. 21, Ethan Barcklay, 2:31.8. 23, Kjetil Lund-Andersen, 2:33.8. 24, Williams Dotson, 2:35.5. 27, Davis Goodvin, 2:39.2. 1,600 — 2, Nikolai Braedt, 4:28.42. 7, Keegan Nelson, 4:49.09. 10, Trey Clark, 4:55.63. 11, Nathan Roche, 4:57.73. 12, Ben Ricks, 5:02.06. 13, Jett Longanecker, 5:02.73. 14, Slate Fragoso, 5:03.05. 21, Will Jordan, 5:19.55. 22, Josiah Hill, 5:19.80. 23, Keane Haesle, 5:20.83. 25, Daniel Ricks, 5:26.12. 26, Caleb Roche, 5:27.06. 28, Isaac Babin, 5:33.41. 29, Riley Christman, 5:36.92. 30, Kasten Grimm, 5:38.35. 32, Gavin Jasper, 5:44.04. 34, Anders Eastley, 5:46.51. 36, Ethan Barcklay, 5:52.44. 49, Alexander Kingma, 6:16.32. 3,200 — 5, Trey Clark, 11:06.8. 6, Slate Fragoso, 11:11.7. 7, Kasten Grimm, 12:02.8. 8, Jimmy Cornelius, 12:03.3. 10, Josiah Hill, 12:15.0.

110 hurdles — 1, Rusty Lee, 15.82. 5, Luke McCorkle, 17.73. 4x100 relay — 1, Sandpoint (Keyan Strock, Rusty Lee, Peyton Ennis, Braden Kappen), 44.36. 4x400 relay — 1, Sandpoint (Keyan Strock, Rusty Lee, Peyton Ennis, Braden Kappen), 3:35.15. 3, Sandpoint (Jett Lucas, Ben Ricks, Jett Longanecker, Nikolai Braedt), 3:41.41.

Shot put — 4, Will Hurst, 41-9. 9, Michael Chapman, 35-8.5. 11, Carson Laybourne, 34-2.5. 16, Marcus Anderson, 32-0. 19, Benjamin Stockton and Nate Blagrove, 30-9. 21, Matthew Chapman, 30-6. 22, Sidney Meshberg, 30-2. 30, Riley Myers, 25-5.5. Discus — 3, Will Hurst, 123-9. 9, Marcus Anderson, 107-8. 15, Stone Lee, 93-3. 17, Michael Chapman, 91-1-5. 20, Benjamin Stockton, 82-11. 23, Matthew Chapman, 76-10. 26, Nate Blagrove, 72-1. 28, Riley Myers, 65-7. 30, Carson Laybourne, 64-3. High jump — 1, Stone Lee, 5-10. 3, Rusty Lee, 5-10. Pole vault — 3, Nate Dotson, 11-0. 6, Sam Becker, 10-6. 7, Riley Christman, 10-0. 9, Anders Eastley, 9-0. Long jump — 1, Braden Kappen, 21-7. 3, Luke McCorkle, 18-9. Triple jump — 2, Luke McCorkle, 39-10. 10, Stone Lee, 35-7.

GIRLS

100 — 4, Aliya Strock, 13.86. 7, Anna Reinink, 14.02. 26, Alexandra David, 15.40. 42, Jamie Crooks, 18.05. 200 — 5, Maren Davidson, 28.78. 13, Anna Reinink, 29.77. 16, Aliya Strock, 30.06. 37, Alexandra David, 33.03. 40, Katelyn Greenway, 33.39. 400 — 5, Maren Davidson, 1:02.82. 7, Jillian Primgaard, 1:03.36. 800 — 5, Grace Rookey, 2:42.31. 8, Quinn Hooper, 2:50.72. 12, Devin McDaniel, 2:56.42. 23, Mina Lang, 3:45.73. 1,600 — 4, Mackenzie Suhy-Gregoire, 5:36.54. 6, Ara Clark, 5:42.96. 7, Megan Oulman, 5:46.62. 9, Payton Betz, 6:02.34. 11, Camille Neuder, 6:15.44. 15, Devin McDaniel, 6:28.30. 19, Katelyn Greenway, 7:00.91. 3,200 — 3, Ara Clark, 12:28.1. 4, Mackenzie Suhy-Gregoire, 12:40.1.

100 hurdles — 2, Taylor Petz, 17.07. 6, Destiny Lyons, 18.25. 11, Avery Edmundson, 20.71. 13, Erika Edmundson, 21.74. 300 hurdles — 2, Destiny Lyons, 51.67. 8, Payton Betz, 57.25. 4x100 relay — 3, Sandpoint (Destiny Lyons, Piper Frank, Aliya Strock, Anna Reinink), 53.90. 4x400 relay — 2, Sandpoint (Jillian Primgaard, Piper Frank, Grace Rookey, Maren Davidson), 4:26.75.

Shot put — 4, Kayla Remsen, 32-0.5. 6, Ivy Smith, 28-10.25. 9, Lauren Harrison, 26-0.25. 14, Stephanie Bishop, 23-1.5. Discus — 1, Kayla Remsen, 105-2. 8, Lauren Harrison, 86-11. 10, Ara Clark, 80-1.5. 12, Stephanie Bishop, 77-8. 15, Ivy Smith, 64-11. Pole vault — 1, Taylor Petz, 9-6. 5, Erika Edmundson, 8-0. 8, Quinn Hooper and Piper Frank, 7-6. 10, Tiffany Brown, 7-0. Long jump — 9, Aliya Strock, 13-3. 10, Maren Davidson, 13-2. 11, Alexandra David, 12-9. 13, Avery Edmundson, 11-5. 16, Erika Edmundson, 11-2. 23, Jamie Crooks, 8-8.

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Taylor Petz competes in the 100 hurdles on Tuesday at Sandpoint High. She took second in the event and won the girls pole vault.

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Will Hurst throws the shot put during Tuesday's home meet.

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Freshman Aliya Strock nears the finish of the 200 on Tuesday.

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Anna Reinink runs the last leg of the 4x100 relay on Tuesday.

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Ara Clark competes in the 1600 Tuesday.

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Camille Neuder competes in the 1600 Tuesday.

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Destiny Lyons takes off in the 300 hurdles Tuesday.

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Peyton Ennis runs in the 200 on Tuesday.

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Braden Kappen leaps into the pit during the long jump on Tuesday.

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Avery Edmundson competes in the 100 hurdles on Tuesday.

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Grace Rookey competes in the 3200 on Tuesday.

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Jett Longanecker runs a leg in the 4x400 relay on Tuesday.

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Jett Lucas runs in the 800 on Tuesday.

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Jillian Primgaard nears the finish of the 400 on Tuesday.

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Taylor Petz takes off in the pole vault on Tuesday.

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Luke McCorkle prepares to land in the pit during the long jump on Tuesday.

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Peyton Ennis nears the finish in the 100-meter dash on Tuesday.

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Rusty Lee competes in the 100-meter hurdles on Tuesday. He won the event with a 15.82.

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Ben David clears the bar in the high jump on Tuesday.

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Braden Kappen nears the finish of the 200.

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Kayla Remsen throws the shot put on Tuesday.

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Keegan Nelson competes in the 1600.

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Luke McCorkle competes in the 110 hurdles.

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Mackenzie Suhy-Gregoire runs in the 3200.

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Maren Davidson nears the finish of the 200.

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Megan Oulman runs in the 1600.

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Nate Dotson competes in the pole vault on Tuesday.

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Nathan Roche runs in the 1600.

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Nikolai Braedt runs in the 1600 on Tuesday.

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Payton Betz competes in the 1600 on Tuesday.

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Rusty Lee celebrates after capturing first in the 110 hurdles.

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Slate Fragoso crosses the finish line in the 3200 on Tuesday.

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Ryder Haynes runs in the 400.

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Alex David runs in the 100 on Tuesday.

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Stone Lee clears the bar in the high jump.

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Trey Clark runs in the 1600 on Tuesday.