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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Staats national runner-up

  • It was mission accomplished for local track standout Dominique Staats. A few weeks ago, when contemplating her return to the Junior Olympics Nationals, Staats indicated she intended to do better than her previous 3rd place.
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  • It was mission accomplished for local track standout Dominique Staats. A few weeks ago, when contemplating her return to the Junior Olympics Nationals, Staats indicated she intended to do better than her previous 3rd place.
    In late July, Staats and three compatriots from the Kansas Flyers Track Club did just that. The Flyers, based in Delphos, Kansas, captured 2nd place at nationals in the 4x800m relay.
    Running with Staats were Amanda Hedges (Paola), Kaitlyn Barnes (Baldwin) and Abbi Price (Bucklin.)
    Hedges and Barnes were former rivals of Staats, having been bested by her in the 800m at the 4A state track meet in May. All is forgiven now, though, as the foursome pulled together for the common good.
    Held in Baltimore, Maryland, the national meet was under the auspices of USA Track and Field, a part of Junior Olympics. The quartet had qualified at a regional held in July in Lawrence, Kansas.
    Although also qualifying individually in the 800m, Staats chose to forego that event to concentrate on contributing to the relay effort. In retrospect, that appears to have been a wise decision given the squad's impressive performance.
    The Kansas Flyers ran a 9:36 at Nationals, which was almost a minute better than their qualifying time at regional (10:22.)
    "It was an exciting race," Staats explained. "Amanda and Kaitlyn ran the first two splits. They came from behind to get us into second. Then Abbi and I held onto our place during our carries." Staats clocked in with an excellent 2:19 split on her 800m leg.
    This was the third summer that Staats, a former Pratt High School Greenback thinclad, competed for the Kansas Flyers. Following a standout prep career that culminated in capturing silver medals at this year's 4A state track meet in both the 400m and the 800m, Staats is now on to bigger things.
    She has already reported to campus at Emporia State University where she earned a track scholarship to compete as a Hornet.
    Staats said that she was already having a nice time in Emporia. She will have a lot to get used to as she adjusts to college life.
    Her days as a Greenback and a Kansas Flyer behind her, Dominique Staats will now put her considerable running skills to the test as a collegian. Given her 'track' record, there is every reason to expect her to have continued success.
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