Gibson, 10, sets world record

Published 10:01 pm Monday, January 16, 2017

Mary Kathryn Gibson planned to break the world record for 10-year-olds in the 2-mile run, and she made it happen.

Mary Kathryn, of Nederland, ran 11 minutes, 49.11 seconds in the 17-under age division at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island, N.Y., on Jan. 5. The meet was the Mile Mania Grand Prix.

It was the next-to-last day Mary Kathryn would have been able to break the specific record. She turned 11 on Jan. 7. American Rebekah Skandera, who also holds the 8- and 9-year-old records in the event, was the previous record holder for age 10.

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It’s been a busy but successful few months for Mary Kathryn. She won the 10-under, 3-kilometer run in the Foot Locker South Regional cross country championship in Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 26, and came in fourth at the USATF National Junior Olympic cross country championships at Hoover, Ala., in December.

— I.C. Murrell


About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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