Keegan Smith wins two nationals, regional

Standout runner Keegan Smith, a sixth-grader at Sacred Heart Cathedral School, added to his winnings two national titles and a regional crown, all on consecutive weekends last fall.

Keegan, who is 12 years old, finished first in the Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championships held Nov. 17 at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., winning a race against more than 100 runners.

He then triumphed Nov. 24 in the Foot Locker Cross Country South Regional Championships at McAlpine Greenway in Charlotte, N.C. His time of 10 minutes, 21 seconds, bested the runner-up by 6 seconds in a field of 94.

Keegan brought home the gold medal from the AAU Cross Country National Championships held Dec. 1 at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville. Keegan’s time was good for another 6-second win over the second-place finisher against a field of 257 runners.

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