Emme O’Donnell during track and field season in 2019. (Photo by Kellie Whitaker)

Emme O’Donnell, the Sandies’ track star, took home first place in the 1600 and the 3200 meter and qualified for state.

O’Donnell represented Calhoun in the state championship for the second time during the 2018-19 school year. The first time was the state cross-country back in the fall of 2018.

O’Donnell finished the regional meet with a time of 5:13.23 in the 1600-meter race and a time of 11:21.04 in the 3200-meter race.

“I feel blessed, and I am excited,” O’Donnell said. “And I owe it all to my family, God and everything.”

O’Donnell said she was “excited and ready” to run in the state championship in Austin.

O’Donnell’s teammate Remi Parker, who finished 12th and 14th, in the Regional meet in the 1600m and 3200m said was proud and honored that her teammate was headed to state.

Parker said she helped “push” O’Donnell “as hard as she could possibly go” in preparation for the state championship.

O’Donnell finished sixth in the 1600 meter run and ninth in the 3200-meter run.