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Bend Boy Champions 200 Meter Dash


13 year old Dawson Cockman from Bend is crowned regional champion of the 200 meter dash at the Hershey’s Track and Field Games in Eugene.  Cockman ran the 200 in 24.88 seconds, beating out boys older than him.  Rich Eckman, Oregon State Chairman of Hershey's Track and Field Games says they weren't sure how Dawson would fare in the older age group, but he didn't disappoint:  "It was exciting to watch Dawson compete. He’s a great athlete; he's a fierce competitor, and we weren't sure what to expect because Dawson went up an age level. He was in the 11 & 12 year olds and as a 12 year old, he won. So this year he is 13 competing in the 13 and 14 year old, so he is in the bottom part of the age group. He ran a great race and we weren't sure how that tome would hold up n the rest of the region, but it was the best in the Northwest Region, so very exciting."  Dawson's time was compared to other scores in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.  Eckman says that Dawson now heads to Hershey, Pennsylvania to compete in the Hershey’s Track and Field Games North American finals on August 4th.


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