Karmen Knepp digs down deep to win districts.



Story provided by Rob Kiser, Piqua Daily Call

WEST MILTON – It was the race of the day at the Milton-Union Division III district track meet.


The 3,200-meter run isn’t supposed to be a photo finish.


But, don’t tell that to Bradford sophomore Karmen Knepp and Covington senior Anna Dunn.


Knepp, running her first race of the day, pushed the pace early – and Dunn, coming off running the 1,600 – didn’t give an inch, right to the finish line.


Knepp recorded the victory by four-hundreths of a second, winning in 11:34.73, while Dunn was second in 11:34.77.


“I don’t think I have ever had a race this close,” Knepp said. “I wasn’t expecting that.”


Dunn disagreed.


“I don’t know if she (Karmen Knepp) remembers but the 1,600 at league last year was like this,” Dunn said. “I always seemed to be the one just getting beat at the finish line. But, it is OK.”


Knepp had Dunn on her shoulder almost the entire race.


“I usually am able to open up a little bit of a gap and I wasn’t able to,” Knepp said. “I wasn’t feeling as good as I hoped because of the temperature going back and forth. Give her (Anna Dunn) credit for doing that after running a 1,600.”


Dunn wasn’t going to go away after finsihing fourth in the 1,600 to advance in that event.


“I didn’t run the 1,600 as hard as a I normally do,” Dunn said. “I just decided I was going to stay with her. When I passed her (near the finish line), I thought it might have been too soon, that she was going to get me.”


It took all Knepp had.


“Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to get her,” Knepp said. “I didn’t think I had anything left. But, I was just able to get her.”


As both girls left the crowd buzzing.