Peek sets personal record, but misses Junior Olympics

Monday, July 7, 2003
Eureka's Kimberly Peek, No. 2, stayed ahead of the competition for a while in the regional AAU track meet at the UofA in Fayetteville on June 28-29. The 13-year-old competed against runners from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri, and just missed a chance to advance to the U.S. Junior Olympics in July. Contributed photo

Eureka's Kimberly Peek ran her way to the AAU regional track meet last weekend in Fayetteville, with her sights on the U.S. Junior Olympics in July.

The 13-year-old ran an outstanding 1500m race, recording a new personal best of 5:04:90, but that earned her fifth place. Fourth place was a 5:04:70, so she just missed qualifying for the U.S. Junior Olympics by two/one-hundreths of a second.

That time last year would have earned her a second place at regionals, and would have placed her eighth at last year's Junior Olympics. But the competition was tough, as the first-place time was a 4:51, and second a 4:54:50, both recorded by 14-year-olds.

Kimberly also ran the 800m race and placed sixth with a time of 2:31:98. She had run a 2:30 a couple of weeks ago, but it wouldn't have matter this time as a 2:23 won that race.

There is good news, though. Since the division is made up of 13- and 14-year-olds, Kimberly will get another shot next year.

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