When Sarah Collins walked off the track stadium at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville following the completion of the Class 1A state meet, it likely marked the end of her track career.
The senior from The King's Academy is also a soccer player and is heading to Stetson to play that sport in the fall.
But for this track season, she competed in her final state track meet and represented her team well.
She was the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay team that finished second for the third straight year. Collins was fifth in the 100 (12.60), seventh in the long jump (16-6.5) and eighth in the 200 (26.06).
Collins is the Sun Sentinel's Class 2A-1A girls track Athlete of the Year.
Her fifth-place finish as an individual at state was a career high and it was the first year she had competed in the long jump. Collins helped King's Academy to a 15th-place finish with 15 points
"I feel I have done pretty well since the eighth grade," Collins said. "I have progressed each year and it's been pretty good this year for me."
Through the season Collins ran her personal best this year in the 100 (12.1) and 200 (25.4).
Knowing this was her last year she was prepared for whatever was in front of her. That included the stormy weather during the state meet in early May.
"I knew coming in it was going to be a lot more intense competition this year," Collins said. "I needed the right mindset coming in because everyone had to deal with the weather conditions."
Collins was ready because she had worked hard while training to compete in four events for the first time in her five years of competing in track.
"It was difficult and it was really hard," Collins said. "I trained for it all year and got used to it."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun