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Peterman, Luton reign in track and field championships

Samantha Peterman ran the mile in 4 minutes, 58 seconds to earn second place in that competition in the New Balance Nationals indoor track and field championships in New York on Saturday.

In addition, Tiana Luton of Sweet Home finished third in the pentathlon. Each athlete earned All- America honor for her performances.

Meanwhile, Peterman has been selected as the Section I winner of the “National High School Spirit of Sport Award.” It is given by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Peterman is a standout distance runner in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. She has a condition called Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS), which causes her to collapse frequently at the finish of a race. Peterman needs assistance to leave the track area.

The condition is associated with a drop of arterial blood pressure, followed by a slowed heart rate. In her case, the valves in the veins of her legs stop working when her heart rate reaches a certain point. That forces her to finish races through adrenaline.

Peterman, of Sweet Home, has won several Section VI titles in her career along with three state medals.

She is ranked No. 5 in her class academically, and has plans to enter the medical field.

The award was created to salute individuals who exemplify the ideals of sport that represent the mission of education-based athletics.

The NFHS divides the country into eight sections; Section I covers New York, New England, and New Jersey.

The national award will be presented in Reno, Nev., on June 29. Section winners will receive awards before the end of the current school year.

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