Clayton takes 19th

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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Decatur’s Taylor Clayton closed out his busy spring with a 19th-place finish Saturday in the inaugural Aggie Mile in College Station.

Running against the top 40 high school male distance runners in the state, Clayton covered the point-to-point course in 4:29.

“It’s not a bad way to wrap up, running with the best 40 milers in the state. There’s no shame in being 19th,” said the Class 3A state champion in the 1,600. He also won the 3A cross country race in November.

“It was fun. I was happy to be there and compete with these great guys.”

Keller’s Austen Dalquist won the first-time, all-star event that replaced the Congress Avenue Mile. The 5A 1,600 and 3,200 champion ran 4:22.24.

The entire 40-person field finished within 16 seconds of each other. Places six through 20 were within three seconds.

Clayton said the course was tough, with a climb in the final 800 and a pair of tight left turns.

“We came through the half mile at 2:02. It was uphill after that,” he said.

Northwest’s Zach Kirkland finished 12th.

In the girls’ race, Northwest’s Kellee McCann finished 31st in 5:31.67.

Morgan Szekely won that race in 4:50.

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