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Woman of the Year runnerup: Amy-Eloise Neale

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By Rich Myhre
The Herald
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  • Sarah Weiser / The Herald
Amy-Eloise Neale competes in the 3A Girls 1600 Meter Run at the Track and Field State Championship at Mount Tahoma Stadium ...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald Amy-Eloise Neale competes in the 3A Girls 1600 Meter Run at the Track and Field State Championship at Mount Tahoma Stadium Saturday. Neale placed first. PHOTO SHOT 05282011

In a running career that is already remarkable and still getting better, Amy-Eloise Neale of Snohomish's Glacier Peak High School continued to add to a long list of accomplishments in 2011.
At the Class 3A state track and field championships in May, Neale won the 3,200 in a meet record time of 10:12.33. She easily bettered the previous record of 10:31.75, which she had set the year before while winning the race as a freshman.
Two days later, Neale added another victory and another meet record when she won the 1,600 in 4:46.56. Despite the win, her time was still about three seconds slower than her mark of 4:43.34 at the District 1 championships the week before.
Neale had other top times during the year _ 4:26.71 in the 1,500 at the Jesuit Twilight Relays in Portland, Ore., on April 29; a 4:48.01 mile at the Arcadia (Calif.) Invitational on April 9; and a 6:42.48 2,000-meter steeplechase at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals on June 18 at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C.
There were occasional disappointments, too. In Pasco in November, Neale finished second in the Class 3A state championship cross country race to Katie Knight of North Central. Neale, a junior, had won the same race as a freshman and sophomore.
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