Harlan County’s Daniels competes in ‘Dream Mile’ as one of state’s top young runners


Harlan County seventh grader Tanner Daniels competed the Dream Mile on Friday in Louisville as one of the top middle school runners in Kentucky.

Harlan County seventh grader Tanner Daniels made the trip to Louisville on Friday as one of 16 middle school long-distance runners from around Kentucky to qualify for the Dream Mile.
Daniels ran a time of 4:49 at the race held at Assumption High School as one of only two seventh-graders from around the state to qualify, putting him in contention to compete for state championships in both cross country and track during his high school career.
“I’m really proud of Tanner. What an accomplishment to be included in this prestigious event. Just to be included means you’re among the best in the state as this event takes the top 16 from all classes. It’s another huge milestone for Tanner early in his career,” Harlan County coach Ryan Vitatoe said. “He ran a fantastic race and held his own against the toughest field of athletes he’s ever run against. To run 4:49 as a seventh grader is amazing.”
Vitatoe said Daniels is only one of five HCHS runners to finish a mile under 4.50
“He has a bright career ahead of him. He’s already established himself among the best our state has to offer in his age group. One of the best things about Tanner is his work ethic is on par with his talent. He’s a crazy hard worker, and I can’t wait to see how his career unfolds,” Vitatoe said. “I’m really proud of him to be willing to make that trip up there so he can take on the best. It says a lot about his competitiveness and desire to be the best. This will be a great experience for him that will serve him well in the future.”