A Special Olympics North Carolina runner won a gold medal in the 100 meter dash in the Penn Relays, the largest track and field competition in the United States.
Samantha Munson is from Franklin County. N.C. She has made her hometown proud every year at the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games. But little did she know that nine years after her first competition, she would represent not just Franklin County, but the whole state of North Carolina in the Penn Relays.
Following the 2016 North Carolina Summer Games, she qualified to compete in the 100-meter dash at the 2017 Penn Relays. She submitted her scores for consideration.
Munson was excited to qualify but was over the moon when she found out that she was chosen to compete. She would be the first female athlete from Special Olympics North Carolina to compete in the Penn Relays. The Penn Relays accepts competitors from across the United States. In Munson's race, she competed against other Special Olympics athletes who qualified.
And she won.
Read more about Samantha Munson and her race.