Congratulations to state champs!

Four girls from Vandalia Community High School have done something no other girls from their school have ever done.

The 4 by 400 relay team of Paige Dodson, Kris Stunkel, Kayla Houston and Ashley Durbin brought home a state championship the first in the history of the girls track program. And they did it in convincing style beating the competition by about 1.5 seconds and eclipsing their own school record (set in the prelims on Friday) by nearly three seconds.

To show the progress this quartet has made this season, they started the year with a school record time of 4:22.42; their time in Saturday’s title run was 4:03.47.

We applaud their hard work throughout the season and their gutsy performance on the big stage in Charleston. It takes a special kind of toughness to keep one’s focus when it’s for all the marbles.

They’ve made their hometown proud. And they’ve accomplished something they’ll remember the rest of their lives.

And the best part? They’re all juniors!


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