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|Brown finishes best in MAIS|
Huntington senior Abi Brown has dominated the hurdles events in Mississippi Association of Independent Schools the past three years.
But it would not have meant as much if Brown could not finish her career on a high note at the MAIS Class A State Track Meet in Clinton Saturday.
That she did.
Brown, who set an overall state record in the 300-meter hurdles in winning South State on May 3 with a time of 44.91, captured the 300-hurdles by a tenth-of-a-second, running 47.83 to nip Anna Grace Govero of Mt. Salus for the title.
Govero ran a 47.93, while Morgan Tynes of Wayne to finish third.
Brown won the 100-hurdles with a time of 15.59. Tynes was second at 16.02, while Govero was third at 16.09.
"It would have been kind of bittersweet if I had not won the last one," said Brown, who finishes her high school career with seven state championship medals and 12 all together.
It certainly wasn't the easiest. As Brown was stretching getting ready for the event at Mississippi College, the runners were told to go inside the basketball arena just as the rains came.
"The bottom fell out," Brown said. "I was fully stretched and the guys came along and said we needed to move. We had to hide out in the dome for a while because it was lightning. It was freezing inside the dome and I was soaking wet and I could feel my body tightening up."
About 45 minutes later, Brown returned to the track and won the 300-hurdles.
"Anna Grace is my toughest competition in the 300, and Morgan is closest in the 100," Brown said.
Govero is the sister of Mississippi State basketball player Mary Kathryn Govero.
"I'm faster in the straightaway and she's faster getting over the hurdle," Brown said of Anna Grace. "She was right beside me the whole time. I was tired near the end of it, but I told myself I had to stay up and keep pushing. When I came around the curve, Anna Grace was right there. It became a gut-race at that point."
Brown said winning the 300-hurdles always takes the pressure off for the 100-meter hurdles.
"I always quote scriptures in my head before and during my race," Brown said. "It really helps me."
Brown, who is valedictorian of the final Huntington graduating class, signed a track scholarship with Louisiana-Lafayette.
"I just have to keep in shape and train hard," she said. "Track practice starts the third day of school."
Brown will certainly be ready for any kind of different hurdle after being the lone member of the Huntington track team this season and a member of the last graduating class.
"It's been a crazy year," she said. "But it's all been worth it."
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