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June 22, 2013

Seeing double

Awards continue to pile of for Neeley sisters as summer begins

Bethany and Brittany Neeley’s rise to athletic superstardom continues to proceed forward at a torrid pace.

Their massacre of Eastern High School’s record books now complete, the twin sisters have now set their sights on not only doing the same on a state-wide level, but also nationally and internationally, as well.

After winning a pair of championships in the IHSAA Track and Field State Finals in Bloomington on June 1, Bethany was named Indiana’s Miss Track and Field during the Midwest Meet of Champions last weekend in Fort Wayne.

“Honestly, I was really shocked when they announced my name as Miss Track and Field,” Bethany said. “It's something that has been in the back of my mind the entire season, but once postseason comes around, you kind of just forget about all those awards and focus strictly on racing.”

After repeating as the state champ in the 1,600-meter run and joining with Jessie Sprinkles, Sarah Wagner and Brittany to win the 4x800 relay in a state-record time, Bethany set a new Midwest Meet of Champions record by winning the 1,600 in 4:42.14 competing against the best prep athletes from Ohio and Michigan.

“I feel extremely honored and blessed to win the award for my school, and especially my community,” Bethany said. “It made it that much more special that Brittany and Grant [Cole] also won huge track awards. As time goes on, I think I'll really start to notice how special this award really is.”

Cole, the boys state champion in the long jump and classmate of the Neeleys at Eastern, was named Mr. Field Event for the Class of 2013.

Not to be outdone, Brittany was named the Gatorade Indiana Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Wednesday after winning a state title in the 800 in record time run before winning the same event at the Midwest Meet of Champions.

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