WATERLOO — Once she reaches high school, Bethany Kelley hopes to follow in the footsteps laid down by her older siblings, brother Stephan and sister Kendall, both of which were state qualifiers in track and field and hold a combined six varsity records at DeKalb High School.
But for now, the DeKalb Middle School eighth-grader has her sights set on a national event: the Hershey’s Track & Field Games, which runs Aug. 2-5 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She’s one of five qualifiers from Indiana, and one of only two girls to earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the meet.
Kelley qualified for the event by placing second in the state meet in the 13-14 year-old age group in the 800-meter-run, finishing with a time of 2 minutes, 42 seconds.
She’ll also be the second Kelley to participate in this national track meet, with Kendall competing in the standing long jump as a 12-year-old.
It’s Kelley’s first national track meet, a competition she’s been trying to qualify for since she was eight years old.
“I’ve been competing for a very long time. Next year will be my last year but I finally made it this year,” Kelley said. “I’m very excited for it and everything because now it has upped my confidence a lot. I want to try and run when I’m in college.”
Although Kelley qualified for the nationals in the 800, she’ll actually run the 200 in Pennsylvania due to a runner dropping out of the meet. Oddly enough, Kelley never ran the 200 for her DMS team, competing in the 100, 400, long jump and 1,600 relay.
Kelley said her state-meet time in the 200 was around 30 seconds and she is hoping to run a low-29 next weekend.
“I’m hoping to run my fastest time ever, make a lot of new friends and just have fun,” Kelley said.
Along with a tour of Hershey’s Chocolate World and a visit to the amusement park Hersheypark, the competitors will hear a speech from superstar athlete and reality television star Bruce Jenner, who won the gold medal in the decathlon in the 1976 Olympics.
Article from The Star Newspaper
Written by Phil Friend
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