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Sawyer wins Bristol half-marathon

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By The Staff

Indian Land runner Hannah Kate Sawyer, 16, won the Bristol Half & Half in Bristol, Va., on April 21. She ran the half-marathon (13.1 miles) in 1:42:45. She competed in the 19-and-under category.
The Bristol Half & Half runs through the twin cities of Bristol, Va., and Bristol, Tenn., starting at Virginia High School and ending at Tennessee High School. The half marathon benefited the American Cancer Society.
“The race (course) was very hilly, and she was able to conquer the hills at a consistent pace, while saving some energy to pick up the pace for the last four miles,” said her father, Steve Sawyer.
Her parents, Steve and Beth Sawyer, have watched their daughter continue to grow as a runner, placing first and second in a number of races during the last year.
On March 3, Sawyer won the Run Hard Columbia marathon (26.2 miles) with a time of 3:46:03. She ran in the women’s 18-24 category.
Sawyer, who also runs with the Indian Land High School cross country team, won the Class AAA Lower State girls cross country meet in November 2017 with a time of 19:49. She posted the same time a week later as the AAA state runner-up.
In March 2017, Sawyer came in second in her age category at the Tobacco Road half-marathon in Raleigh, N.C.
Sawyer is training now for her next race, the New River Marathon on Saturday, June 9, in Fleetwood, N.C., which will be one of her most challenging courses due to the mountainous terrain. It’s an official Boston Marathon qualifying race.
A rising junior at Indian Land High, Sawyer is focused on her next year with the ILHS cross country team.
Sawyer moved from Waxhaw, N.C., to Indian Land in July 2017. Before that, she attended Cuth-bertson Middle and High schools, where she ran cross country and track.