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PHU senior savors her final opportunity


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 13, 2001

CORAL SPRINGS -- Palm Harbor University's Lauren McKinley wasn't just running in the 1,600 meters at Saturday's Class 4A state meet.

She was taking her victory lap.

"I knew I wasn't going to win the race," McKinley said. "I just wanted to be here to run it."

McKinley was just 6.46 seconds from medaling in the race, which was won by Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson's Andrea Austin in 4:58.41. McKinley's time was 5:26.8.

But McKinley, Pinellas County's lone competitor in Florida's largest classification, already had fought and won the toughest battle of her career. She overcame a devastating foot injury in a boating accident last year that left her running future in doubt.

Then at last week's Region 2 meet in Palm Beach Gardens, McKinley overcame a different sort of obstacle: geography. Her International Bacculaureate exam was in Largo the same day. She pulled off both, taking the exam then finishing third to qualify for her third state meet.

So Saturday was just a bonus.

"Just getting here was nice," McKinley said. "I was just glad to be able to run my last high school race here. It's kind of sad, though, because this is my last high school race. Hopefully, I'll be able to run in college."

Wharton's Dwight Ellick brought the title of Florida's fastest man to the bay area, winning the 100 (10.60) and 200 (21.35).

Miami Northwestern won the girls title with 83 points. Boyd Anderson won the boys title with 54 points.

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