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Trae Baker: A Champion's Journey in Cross Country and Beyond

At the Tahlequah Family Vision Clinic, we're not just about eye health; we're about celebrating the achievements of our community. Today, we're proud to highlight Trae Baker, a local athlete who has made remarkable strides in cross country.

A State Championship Triumph

On October 28, at Edmond Santa Fe High School, Trae Baker ascended to the pinnacle of Class 5A cross country by winning the state championship. His outstanding performance, clocking in at 15:41.26, not only outpaced his nearest competitor by a significant margin but also propelled the Tahlequah Tigers to a commendable third-place team finish.

The Sweet Victory

Trae's reflection on his victory is inspiring. “Winning a state championship is one of the best feelings," he said. His dedication since May paid off in a gratifying way, reminding us all that hard work and dedication are key to success.

A Team Effort

The Tigers achieved a historic first: three runners, including Trae, Jalen Hooper, and Jacob Tiger, received all-state honors. Their performances, including impressive times by Hooper and Tiger, marked a new chapter in Tahlequah cross country history.

Continuous Improvement

Trae's commitment to improvement is evident in both his cross country and track performances. As a recent commit to the University of Central Arkansas and a qualifier for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, he's a true embodiment of perseverance and growth.

Family Influence

Trae credits his father as his biggest influence, highlighting the importance of family support in achieving one's dreams. His father's unwavering presence at his meets has been a cornerstone of his success.

A Track Record of Excellence

Before his state championship victory, Trae had already proven his mettle as a regional champion and a Metro Lakes Conference champion, showcasing his consistency and excellence in the sport.

In sharing Trae Baker's journey, we at the Tahlequah Family Vision Clinic are reminded of the power of dedication, family support, and community spirit. We're excited to see what the future holds for Trae and wish him continued success in all his endeavors. Join us in celebrating Trae's achievements and the inspiring stories within our community!

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