Bell County sophomore Mitchell Miracle was named the SEKC MVP among the boys at the SEKC track meet on April 29 at Knox Central. He finished with a score of 23.5 to earn the achievement.
“He’s a great runner, works hard, an outstanding athlete and I couldn’t be happier to have him,” said Bell track coach Jason Stewart. “I’m proud of his development and all the things he has accomplished so far.”
During the SEKC meet, Miracle won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:06.75. The time was good enough to gain the victory over Corbin junior Jeremiah Poynter (2:09), Clay County’s Robert Stivers (2:15), Knox Central’s Jacob Logan (2:15), Corbin’s Porter Oakley (2:16) and 11 other runners.
Miracle also showcased his endurance by winning the 1,600 meter run, finishing just under five seconds faster than second place runner Zak Willis (Knox Central). No other runner was even close to Miracle. Corbin’s Tyler Hinkle finished third with a time of 5:00.54 — nearly 10 seconds slower than Miracle.
“He started off really good, and he’s working hard,” said Stewart about Miracle’s performance throughout the year. “We’re two weeks from regionals, and he’s peaking at the right time. The hard work is paying off, and we’re expecting him to have a season’s best winning the region and on to the state meet. We’re expecting big things.”
In addition to his individual accolades, Miracle was also a member of the 4 x 800 relay team that placed second at the track meet, and the 4 x 400 team that placed third. Other members of the team include: Nathan Morales, Isaac Eldridge and Jonathan Henry.
“They’re a young team, but they’re a good team,” said Stewart. “They work hard. They really know what it takes to run the half-mile and run it well. They seem to work hard for each other to perform well.”
In the 4 x 800 relay, the Bobcats were notched out of first place by Knox Central. Corbin and Knox Central finished ahead of the relay team in the 4 x 400.
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