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Adam Sandidge set a new record for LaRue County High School during the Eastern Relays, held at the University of Louisville’s campus April 26-27, running two miles in 9:52.49; breaking his previous time, which matched Mike Otis’ record of 9:55 set in 1986.
“Thirty five schools competed in the relays, some out of state,” Sandidge said. “I beat my personal best by 28 seconds; my original time was 10:20.”
He placed 47 out of 85 competitors and was 26th overall among those who competed from Kentucky.
Sandidge also competed in the one-mile run, where he came in at 4:54.44.
His season has ended early, however. When he broke the school’s record, he also broke his foot.
The junior suffered a stress fracture in his left foot.
He is expected to be out for six weeks, yet he has no intention of taking it easy.
While he is recovering, Sandidge plans to keep the rest of the team motivated. Coach Orion Tucker said Sandidge sent him a message stating that he is still coming to practices to help the other kids out.
“He knows that he’s good but he always pushes to make the effort to help others do better, not just himself,” Tucker said.
Tucker said Sandidge has improved this season.
“He’s taken his work ethic to a whole other level. He’s matured so much this year; he’s done a complete 180. He has went far and beyond the expectations that he’s set for himself. He has cut his times down from last year to this year –that is his main accomplishment of the season.”
Adam’s grandfather, Terry Sandidge, said patience is key to Sandidge’s recovery.
“You have to be patient with an injury like that, wait for it to heal; but he’ll be back at it after six weeks and he’ll be working as hard as ever,” said his grandfather. “He’s really blossomed in the last year. He has a good work ethic and did well at reaching his goal for the 3,200 meter relay.”
Tucker said he’s disappointed Adam he won’t be able to run in the regional and state competitions.
“I know he was looking forward to it.”
Adam said his coach and father, Scott Sandidge, have motivated him this season.
“My dad has helped me a lot. He’s taken me out every chance we’ve had, to help me train,” he said.