GPS athletes shine at state indoor track meet


GPS medalists, from left, Mariah Ivery, Emily Kreek and Danielle Dunning.

– photo by Contribution, Donnelle Dunning

During the Tennessee State High School Indoor Track Meet, held Feb. 5 at East Tennessee State University, two female student-athletes from the girls’ prep school put up impressive performances.

Senior GPS Emily Kreek amassed six personal bests in her events, in the preliminary and final races. In the final, she placed first in the 60 meter hurdles, second in the 200 meter and fifth in the 60 meter.

GPS rookie Mariah Ivery won the 400 meter race and was sixth in the 800 meter. The combined points of Kreek and Ivery netted a second state place for GPS. Locally, Brainerd High School placed sixth overall; Signal Mountain High placed 19th.

Kreek and Ivery race for D-Elite for summer track and indoors and are coached by Donelle Dunning, who coaches their AAU club team. This indoor track event was part of their participation with Chattanooga’s D-Elite.

As a senior, Kreek still has a year of racing for GPS, where she is also a high jumper and competes in the pentathlon. Both girls are expecting strong GPS track seasons this spring.


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