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Burroughs' Kirk Smith Gets Out of Shadows of Chief Rival to Win 3,200 meters at Skippy Keefer Relays

Amos Bartelsmeyer of MICDS was off racing in California this weekend.

Kirk Smith had a pretty much mixed-bag day at the Skippy Keefer Relays at his school John Burroughs.

Smith lapped most of the 3,200 meter field and raced to a very easy win in 10:08.77 in the eight-lap race.

But he didn’t get to race against his running partner Amos Bartelsmeyer of MICDS. Bartelsmeyer was in California this weekend, running in the prestigious meet in Arcadia.

So Smith had to outdistance the field mostly by himself.

Getting into the 2013 season has been a challenge. The weather has hardly cooperated for outdoor practices.

Was Smith satisfied with his time?

“Not really.”

“I was looking forward to facing Amos. I’ve beaten him before in cross country.”

The pair will duel at the Henle Holmes Meet at Parkway Central next weekend.

Smith has yet to select a college for next year. “I’m narrowing it down,” he said. He didn’t want to name names in fear of jinxing himself, awaiting the acceptance letter.

He does plan, however to go into engineering. He is looking outside the Ivy League schools. “I’m chasing down scholarship (opportunities) he said.

Smith has won his share of races over the past three years. “I’m definitely looking to cap it off with a good senior season,” he said.

He had nothing to say but good things about his opponent up the street. “I wish Amos good luck in California. I’ll be looking forward to seeing those results,”he said.

Meet highlights

Ezekiel Elliott tuned up for the season winning the 110 high hurdles in 14.28,  the 300 meter intermediate hurdles in 42.43 and the 100 meter dash in 11.19.

Sophia Racette, sophomore from Nerinx Hall won the 3,200 meter race in 11:37.09.

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