Brooke Gilmore wins state meet in 2-mile run
Thursday, 23 August 2012 by David Tuma
Brooke Gilmore, a student at Belton Middle School won the 2-mile at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation state championship meet held in Corpus Christi this past weekend.
Total number participating was not available at press time. The previous year 6,800 participated at the state meet. Gilmore participated in two competitions the mile and two mile runs. She won the two-mile event with a time of 12:30 winning by 9 seconds winning gold. Gilmore won the bronze medal in the mile run with a time of 5:43.
Last season she ran track and cross country and her times in the cross country runs are some of the best in the state for her age. Last year as a junior high student she ran at the Killeen, Georgetown, Cove and Temple meets.
She plans on running on Belton's cross country team when she goes to high school. "All my hard work paid off. I could hear the one girl's footsteps those first few laps and I pushed myself so I couldn't hear her feet. My parents are a big part of my success. They have to take me to practice and they have to pick me up and once the season starts I get there early in the morning," said Gilmore.
She competed in the 13-14 under age group so she will defend her title again next summer. Last season she won district in cross country for her age group and trains with the varsity once official practice begins.
On most days she runs several miles to stay in shape. Gilmore is also participates in the swim program and is a member of Swim Belton. By winning the winning the meet Gilmore qualified for the national meet to be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania next summer.