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Scholar Athlete of the Week
from Eyewitness Sports Online


Student: David Caldwell
School: South Charleston High School
Primary Sport: Track and Field

The 2009 West Virginia State High School Track & Field Championship event came to an end on Saturday, May 23. The two-day meet closed out a solid senior season for South Charleston's David Caldwell.

In the Class AAA's 3,200 meters, Caldwell finished second to North Marion's Zach Tennant, who set a state record with a winning time of 9:14.84. Caldwell pushed Tennant to the limit on Friday night.

"I went out the first mile with him at like 4:40 or something then he just dropped the hammer and I fell apart," said Caldwell. "I knew he was fast, I just kind of wanted to latch on to him and run a good time. I kind of ran a slow second mile."

Caldwell finished with a time of 9:35.09. He's blossomed into one of the state's top distance runners the past two years.

"I credit my success to Glen Baldwin and the Sunday morning long runs," he said. "Glen is just an old runner who runs marathons and stuff and I just run long runs with him; like 12 or 13-mile long runs every Sunday."

Following the 3,200 meter performance on Friday, Caldwell wrapped up his career on Saturday with a sixth place performance in the 1,600 meters.

"The 32 (is his favorite) just because the 16 is faster," he said with a smile. "I'm not very fast, I'm a little too big."

Caldwell carries a 3.8 grade point average in the classroom. He's a two-time All-Stater in cross country and plans to continue the sport at the next level, where he wants to continue his climb as a top-notch runner.

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