by David McCoy (email@example.com)
4:24 PM EDT, May 5, 2011
SOUTH BEND - Amani Morgan's life is dominated by numbers.
"I'm now at 14.9 (seconds in the 100 meter hurdles),” Morgan said. “I finished the season last year at a 14.7. I need about a 14.3 to win state this year. So that's my goal.
"I'm right on schedule. I don't want to peak too soon. I'm actually a step ahead of where I was last year. So I'm really glad about that."
Rarely is there a time when the senior hurdler at South Bend Adams sets her feet in the blocks and isn't the winner less than 15 seconds later.
"I'm pleased that I'm getting consistent now with my starts,” Morgan said. “I'm trying to come off the hurdles a little bit faster than I was the year before."
While she wants lower numbers on the track, she wants higher numbers in the classroom - even though both are pretty good to begin with.
"Right now I'm at a 3.3,” Morgan said, “and I want to get that up higher by the time graduation comes around."
Morgan is headed off to Indiana University this fall, and will run track. But she's just as focused on those academics. After all, one helps the other.
"I've always ran,” Morgan said. “It keeps me focused. It keeps me grounded, and it helps me control my schedule. Because you can get down to college and kind of lose your head down there, so track will help me keep my head on straight."
But she's got a lot she wants to accomplish before that. Starting with those numbers.
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