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Emerson ends career at state meet
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The record-breaking career of Amiel Emerson ended Thursday at the state tournament held at Middle Tennessee State University.Emerson finished 14th out of a field of 16 runners in the 800-meter race in the state finals.Emerson’s time of two minutes, 1.25 seconds wasn’t enough to qualify for the final heat as the senior couldn’t keep pace with the top runners in the state of Tennessee.Emerson had set the Warren County High School record in the 800 at sectionals a week prior, finishing in 1:58.3. Though Emerson wasn’t quite as fast in Murfreesboro, it may not have mattered. The top-eight runners, who moved on to the finals Friday, all finished with faster times than Emerson’s record.Coach Jim Duvall thought the field was one of the most competitive at the state meet and praised the career of his top senior runner.“I think the numbers speak for themselves with Amiel,” said Duvall. “In his three years, he set the school record, then broke his own record five or six times.“He finished higher than last year, which was great.