Track and field Emerald Ridge High School hurdler ShaRaya Quinn reached the pinnacle at the Class 4A state track and field meet last May.
Quinn, who sprained her ankle during a preliminary heat of the 100-meter hurdles, overcame the injury to win the 300 hurdles finals in 43.26 seconds.
Quinn will be one of the favorites to repeat, and she’ll also be in the running to win the 100 hurdles during her senior season. She placed sixth in the shorter of the two last year.
Last summer, Quinn said she would do everything she could in order to defend her championship.
“I obviously want to win state again next year,” she said at the time. “I can’t give away my title, I feel pretty confident, knowing my other sports (soccer, wrestling) will help me stay in shape and ready once track season arrives.”
Quinn hasn’t rested for the past 10 months.
Last summer, she competed in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic championships in North Carolina. During the fall, she was a starter on the Emerald Ridge varsity soccer team, and in February, she finished second in the 124-pound class in the Girls Division at the Mat Classic XXVI state championships.
Quinn’s rigorous workouts, combined with her knowledge of the sport, will bode well for her this spring. She won’t be intimidated on the big stage, and she’ll exude confidence because of what she’s already accomplished. Having that state-championship experience in both track and wrestling gives Quinn an edge a majority of other high school athletes don’t possess.
The state track meet is a little less than two months away, and Quinn will make her presence felt once it arrives.
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