Karmen Knepp is headed to state!

Karmen Knepp Qualifies For State…
TROY – With two state births in her resume from Cross Country, Bradford sophomore Karmen Knepp was looking to earn her first trip to state in track on Friday in the regional meet at Troy High School.
But it wouldn’t be an easy task as a loaded field of distance runners took to the track in the 3200 meter run, including Covington’s Anna Dunn, who Karmen edged by a whisker in last week’s district meet.
In that race a week ago Knepp went out fast, setting the pace from the front while Dunn hung close stride-for-stride until a thrilling sprint to the finish line led to a razor thin victory for the Bradford sophomore.
On Friday, Knepp used a different strategy by hanging back from the leaders through six laps until kicking it in through the final 800 meters. The strategy worked to perfection as Knepp moved from seventh after a congested sixth lap to fourth at the finish line to claim her first trip to the state track meet.
Her time was 11:32.39, just over six seconds slower than her fastest time of the year (11:26.00), but it came on a very hot, muggy evening and was faster than her winning time of 11:34.73 at the district meet under cooler conditions. Her time was also a full six seconds faster than the fifth place finisher.
Which leads to anticipation for a something special next week in Knepp’s quest to finish on the podium at state.
Maia Stump also competed at the regional meet for Bradford, finishing a very respectable 8th place out of 16 competitors in the long jump. Stump, a junior, finished with a jump of 16-08.75.
Story by: Ben Robinson