The Podium: These Athletes Excelled In Last Days Of January

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As January competition comes to a close, athletes have begun to ramp up their seasons.

A fair share of athletes finished out the final days of January with new bests on the track, including personal, school and state-leading marks.

The four athletes featured on the latest edition of The Podium accomplished many of those feats, earning themselves recognition for their most recent achievements this indoor season.

Below, learn more about the athletes on The Podium in the 12th edition of the series.

The Podium (Jan. 31):

Clara Davis, Leesville Road (NC): Shaved six seconds off her previous 1,000m PR with a 3:08.33 time for 16th place at the Mondo Elite Invitational. That ranks Davis in the top 10 among sophomores in the 1,000m in North Carolina this season and gives her the fastest girls 1,000m performance in five years for Leesville Road.

Myles Taylor, Franklin (MD): Registered personal bests in the long jump, triple jump and high jump at the Last Track to Philly meet on Jan. 21, winning the long jump and high jump. Taylor also reset his long jump record with a mark of 22-4.5 and tied for the Franklin all-time best in the high jump with his 6-4 clearance.

Chloe Odum, Abingdon (VA): Won the long jump and placed 10th in the 55m with new bests of 16-7.5 and 7.54 at the Bulldog Invitational on Jan. 28. Odum set the school 55m record and also reset her own Abingdon record in the long jump, and she now owns the each of the top six jumps in the event in the school record books.

Benjamin Thomason, James Clemens (AL): Posted personal records in four events -- the 1,000m, 60mH, long jump and shot put -- en route to a win in the pentathlon at the Last Chance #1 meet with a point total of 3,379. That also moves Thomason into the Alabama state lead in the indoor pentathlon and third in the nation so far this season.

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