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Some scholastic student-athletes realize their middle-school potential. And some done.

And for others, it just takes a little more time.

It would appear that Lebanon sophomore middle-distance runner Derin Klick is currently coming into his own, in his own time.

On Saturday afternoon at Hempfield High School, during the Lancaster-Lebanon Track and Field Championships, Klick ran a great race in the 800-meter final. Klick was clocked in a winning time of 1:57.41 to edge a contingent of four other Lebanon County runners, including Cedar Crest sophomore Jesse Cruise, by .73 of a second.

Credit-UnionKlick went out strong and battled Cedar Crest senior Jared Glosser for the early lead. Klick was momentarily passed by Cruise, with about 100 meters remaining in the race, but had enough left in his tank to out kick him to the finish line.

For Klick, a junior-high star runner, it was his most impressive performance at a big scholastic track and field meet to date. The Cedar tenth-grader will look to keep it going next weekend at the District Three Class AAA championships at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.

– Jeff Falk

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