Pride Of Celina - Adele Clarke

Pride Of Celina - Adele Clarke
Posted on 12/07/2017

Adele Clarke, thirteen-year-old student at Celina Junior High, will compete in the 4K race at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Florida, on December 9. The eighth grader qualified by taking fourth place in the 13–15 age group with a 16:35 time at the USATF Southwestern Association race on November 18. Four of her SpeedKIDZ Elite teammates will join her in Tallahassee.

Adele began running five years ago with her father, Tom Clarke, joining him in 5K races. “She won her first race but not the next one,” her mother, Melissa, said. “She was disappointed at her lower finish, but we explained that she would have to train between competitions if she wanted to keep winning and improve her times.”

Running with her father between races helped Adele’s conditioning and speed. By the time she reached sixth grade, Adele’s running prowess was noticeable. Coach Loretta Francis at Celina Junior High remembers watching her in that year’s PE class. “I was excited to see... click here to read the full article at Celina Post.